Catalogue description War Office: Headquarters Allied Land Forces Norway, War Crimes Investigation Branch: Registered Files (A/G1/WCI Series)

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Reference: WO 331
Title: War Office: Headquarters Allied Land Forces Norway, War Crimes Investigation Branch: Registered Files (A/G1/WCI Series)
Description:

This series comprises registered files of Headquarters Allied Land Forces Norway, War Crimes Investigation Branch which relate to the investigation of war crimes in Norway.

This series contains policy, administrative, and case files, and includes nominal rolls of prisoners in Jessheim camp.

Several of the cases in this series contain details of subsequent action taken following investigation. There are also files relating to the establishment and eventual disbandment of the branch.

Date: 1944-1946
Related material:

For the transcript of the trial of General Von Falkenhorst and other related papers see WO 235

Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: A/G1/WCI file series
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Language: English
Creator:

War Office, Office of the Judge Advocate General of the Forces, 1935-1948

Physical description: 64 file(s)
Access conditions: Open
Immediate source of acquisition:

Ministry of Defence , from 1989

Accruals: Series is accruing
Administrative / biographical background:

In July 1945, a War Crimes Investigation Branch was set up under HQ Allied Land Forces Norway to oversee the surrender and disarming of the German garrison.

The unit operated from Oslo until January 1946 when it moved to London where it was disbanded in March 1946. Before the move from Oslo a number of cases under investigation were handed over to HQ British Army of the Rhine (HQ BAOR) for completion.

The British also despatched several small war crimes investigation teams similar to those being set up in Germany and Italy, and, while working independently, these teams were responsible to the War Crimes Investigation Branch. Their role was to follow up certain specific cases of war crimes known to have been committed by the German occupation forces against British servicemen. The majority of these cases concerned the murder of Allied commandos and other personnel involved in special operations. The most important trial that resulted from this team's activities was that of General Von Falkenhorst, commander of the German forces in Norway.

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