Tank firing range (NO)

This is an old 300m long firing range for tanks in the middle of the Norwegian forest. German soldiers practiced here during World War II. The large 10m tall reinforced concrete walls are penetrated with huge holes but they are still standing and are reminders of the past activity here. The walls would act as a large silencer for the practice shooting.

The whole area, Trandumskogen, is really a German mass grave and a memorial area for the 173 Norwegian, 15 Russians and 6 British soldiers executed by the enemy in the forest. The place was hidden and kept secret but rediscovered at the end of the war. In the vegetation around the tank firing range there are 18 graves marked with granite crosses. I experienced the place as quiet and peaceful, but others say the woods are haunted.

The place is open to the public and the memorial has status as a ‘Norwegian national memorial’. The text on the monument next to the old firing range reads:

IN THE COMBAT FOR FREEDOM
DURING THE 1940-1945 WAR
173 NORWEGIANS 15 SOVJET-
SUBJECTS AND 6 BRITONS WERE
IN THE WOODS OF TRAN-
DUM EXECUTED BY THE ENEMY

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