Norwegian Independent Company 1 (NOR.I.C.1, pronounced as Norisén in Norwegian) was a British SOE group formed in March 1941 originally for the purpose of performing commando raids during the Occupation of Norway by Nazi Germany. It was organized under the leadership of Captain Martin Linge. It soon became a pool of talent for a variety of special operations in Norway.
The original English administrative title did not have much resonance in Norwegian and they soon became better known as Kompani Linge (Linge’s Company). Martin Linge’s death early in the war came to enhance the title, which became formalised as Lingekompaniet in his honor.
Their initial raids in 1941 were to Lofoten (Operation Claymore) and Måløy (Operation Archery), where Martin Linge was killed. Their best known raids were probably the Norwegian heavy water sabotage. Other raids included the Thamshavnbanen sabotage. In the capital area, the Oslogjengen carried out several sabotage missions. In cooperation with Milorg, the Norwegian resistance organisation, communication lines with London were gradually improved during the war, so that by 1945, 64 radio operators were spread throughout Norway.
According to Mitt liv, the autobiography of Max Manus (1995. N.W. Damm), the Linge Company was for a time counted amongst the most decorated military forces in the United Kingdom during World War II. The veterans from the company were also amongst the first to welcome King Haakon home. A total of 530 Norwegians served in NOR.I.C.1, of whom 57 lost their lives.
Two of their number, Corporals Erling Djupdraet and Sverre Granlund took part in Operation Musketoon.