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The Telemark
Telemark
Bataljon ( Telemark
Telemark
Battalion, TMBN) is a mechanised infantry unit of the Norwegian Army. It was established in 1993, and is a part of Brigade Nord and stationed at Rena, Hedmark. The battalion consists of five companies/squadrons.

Contents

1 History 2 Organisation 3 Incidents in Afghanistan 4 Battle cry 5 Deployments 6 Notable soldiers 7 See also 8 Notes 9 External links

History[edit] In 1993 it was a motorised infantry unit, tasked as an Immediate Reaction Force with the Norwegian Army, stationed at Heistadmoen
Heistadmoen
in southern Norway, manned mainly by conscripts. It served in Bosnia, and by 2002, all the enlisted soldiers had two and three-year contracts of enlistment and the unit had no more conscripts.[citation needed] The battalion was moved to a new camp at Rena and converted to mechanised infantry. Presented with its new colours in 2002, the Telemark
Telemark
Battalion was operational on 1 July 2003. The unit participated in Operation Karez in Afghanistan, in May 2008.[1] One soldier died in Afghanistan
Afghanistan
in 2004,[2][3] and one died there in 2010.[4] Organisation[edit]

Tank Squadron 1: The battalion's tank unit, equipped with Leopard 2 main battle tanks. Cavalry Squadron 2: The battalion's armoured reconnaissance and scout unit, equipped with CV9030
CV9030
infantry fighting vehicles, ATVs and different sensors like UAVs etc. Mechanised Infantry Company 3: Mechanised infantry
Mechanised infantry
equipped with CV9030
CV9030
infantry fighting vehicles. Mechanised Infantry Company 4: Mechanised infantry
Mechanised infantry
equipped with CV9030
CV9030
infantry fighting vehicles. Staff and Support Squadron 5: A combat support unit made up by mortar, medic, signals and repair platoons.

TMBN-soldier in Afghanistan

TMBN-soldiers in Afghanistan

TMBN Afghanistan

Secretary General of NATO
Secretary General of NATO
Jens Stoltenberg
Jens Stoltenberg
(right) and his predecessor, Anders Fogh Rasmussen
Anders Fogh Rasmussen
(left), talk with members of the Telemark
Telemark
Battalion in Oslo.

In addition, the Telemark
Telemark
Battalion frequently trains with the rest of the Norwegian Army
Norwegian Army
High Reaction Force. This is a composite unit made up of the Telemark
Telemark
Battalion, as well as enlisted personnel from support capabilities, ranging from artillery to military police. The Telemark
Telemark
Battalion was one of the infantry battalions assigned to the NATO Response Force
NATO Response Force
during the NRF-4 rotation from January to July 2005; the others were Regiment Johan Willem Friso and Regiment Van Heutsz of the Dutch Army and Fallschirmjägerbataillon 373 of the German Army. Telemark
Telemark
Battalion is the primary source of international contributions from the Norwegian Army. The battalion has almost constantly been involved in the ISAF
ISAF
operation in Afghanistan
Afghanistan
since 2003. Incidents in Afghanistan[edit] Since the summer of 2009, there have been several instances of soldiers from the unit spray painting a Punisher
Punisher
skull (in part inspired[5] by the character from comic books and movie – the Punisher) on houses and property belonging to Afghans whom soldiers suspected of having ties to the insurgency. The purported purpose was to "send a message",[6] to leaders of the insurgency, that the Norwegian soldiers would not allow them to continue their offensive. In September 2010, Verdens Gang
Verdens Gang
reported that some soldiers were still using a Punisher
Punisher
skull that had been prohibited by the leadership of Norway's military.[7] The alleged crimes of threatening and spray painting the property of suspected insurgents did not lead to any criminal charges.[6] Battle cry[edit] In 2010, Dagbladet
Dagbladet
published a video of company commander Rune Wenneberg leading a battle cry ("To Valhalla") by soldiers of the unit — his intro to the cry was "[inaudible] are hunters. But you are the predator. Taliban
Taliban
is the prey. To Valhalla!"[8]" In 2011, Dag Herbjørnsrud
Dag Herbjørnsrud
wrote in an editorial that "Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik
Kjell Magne Bondevik
wasn't sending soldiers into war — he was merely supplying manpower to a "peacekeeping mission". Is it odd that the media was surprised by Norwegian soldiers using Viking helmets and battle cries of Vikings?"[9] Deployments[edit]

1997–1999: SFOR
SFOR
in Bosnia and Herzegovina 1999–2002: KFOR in Kosovo 2003: in Iraq 2003–2004: The unit was temporarily[citation needed] handed over to ISAF, and thereafter deployed to Kabul
Kabul
in Afghanistan 2005–2006: ISAF
ISAF
at Kabul
Kabul
in Afghanistan 2006: ISAF
ISAF
at Mazari Sharif, Afghanistan 2006–2007: ISAF
ISAF
at Meymaneh, Afghanistan 2008: ISAF
ISAF
at Mazari Sharif, Afghanistan 2008– : ISAF
ISAF
at Meymaneh, Afghanistan

Notable soldiers[edit]

Joshua French (former prisoner of Democratic Republic of the Congo, with a death sentence)[10] Emil Johansen[11] (author of Brødre i blodet) Tjostolv Moland (died[12] while on Democratic Republic of the Congo's death row)[10] Rune Wenneberg (no)[13] Aslak Fløgstad Nore (no) (author of Gud er norsk[14] ("God is Norwegian") and journalist) Espen Haugeland, recipient of Krigskorset med sverd in 2016[15]

See also[edit]

Aslak Nore

Notes[edit]

^ Telemark
Telemark
Battalion in new combat with Taliban, Aftenposten, 27 May 2008 (in English) Archived June 1, 2008, at the Wayback Machine. ^ [1], CNN, 23 May 2004 (in English) ^ "(Six of nine Norwegians killed by roadbombs)Seks av ni norske drept av veibomber" "23 May 2004: Grenader Tommy Rødningsby fra Telemark bataljon blir drept " ^ http://www.vg.no/nyheter/utenriks/artikkel.php?artid=10036791 "I januar 2010 ble Claes Joachim «Jokke» Olsson drept av en veibombe" ^ http://www.vg.no/nyheter/utenriks/artikkel.php?artid=10036791 ^ a b Verdens Gang
Verdens Gang
2011-11-14 p.47 ^ http://www.vg.no/nyheter/utenriks/artikkel.php?artid=10036791 "FORBUDT: Til tross for gjentatte forbud fra forsvarsledelsen, fortsetter noen av soldatene fra Telemark
Telemark
bataljon å bruke dette merket, dødninghodet «The Punisher». Merket fikk påskriften «Jokke – we will never forget» etter at Claes Joachim Olsson ble drept av en veibombe i januar." ^ http://www.dagbladet.no/2010/09/28/nyheter/forsvaret/innenriks/13590682/ 12 seconds into the video: "Men dere som er rovdyret. Taliban
Taliban
er nå byttet. Til Valhall" ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-30. Retrieved 2011-12-11.  "Lurte nordmenn — Noe av fordømmelsen kan nok bunne i at norsk offentlighet ble forledet fra å få vite hvilken krig landet deltok i. Statsminister Kjell Magne Bondevik
Kjell Magne Bondevik
(KrF) sendte jo ikke ut soldater i krig, kun personell til en «fredsbevarende operasjon». Er det rart mediene ble overrasket over at norske soldater hadde på seg hjelm og ropte vikingslagord?" ^ a b http://www.aftenposten.no/nyheter/iriks/article3245541.ece ^ "(- A miracle that I am alive)- Et mirakel at jeg lever" ^ - Dette er dypt tragisk - Statsminister Jens Stoltenberg
Jens Stoltenberg
sier norske myndigheter har arbeidet hardt for å hjelpe Moland og French ut av Kongo. ^ A full-page article in Aftenposten, 2010-12-11, page 4 by Kristin Høiland ^ Thomas Berg (2007-10-05). "Fredskrigeren". Morgenbladet.  ^ http://www.vg.no/nyheter/innenriks/forsvaret/mottar-krigskorset-med-sverd-kastet-seg-over-bombemann-i-kabul/a/23636780/

External links[edit]

Norwegian Army
Norwegian Army
page on Telemark
Telemark
Battalion (in Norwegian) Article on Telemark
Telemark
Battalion from 1(GE/NL) Corps website (dead link) Telemark
Telemark
Battalion Veterans Association

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Norwegian Army
Norwegian Army
units

Hans Majestet Kongens Garde Telemark
Telemark
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