CADETS from Loretto School’s Combined Cadet Force (CCF) are packed and ready to undertake a challenging battlefield tour journey to Norway this school half term break.
The expedition is based around the famous sabotage operation that took place in German occupied Norway during World War 2, where members of the Norwegian resistance skied across the Norwegian mountains to destroy the Heavy Water plant at Vermork in Rjukan.
Loretto School cadets will follow the route taken by the saboteurs and we will stay in the very huts and beds the saboteurs slept in during the winter of 1942/3. This will be the first time a cadet team has undertaken this expedition journey.
The expedition departs on Saturday 13th February and weather conditions in Norway are looking favourable.
Loretto School’s David Howie (Lt Cdr) is Expedition Leader and Ged Woolley (2Lt) Deputy Expedition Leader.
Loretto pupils taking part are Chris Edwardson, Cal Molloy, Angus Keenan, Charlie Leveson-Gower, Rory Napier, Edgar Crassier, James Ward and Tom White.
Jonathan Hewat, Director of Communications at Loretto School, said, “This is a ground-breaking, hugely historic and significant expedition. Our thanks go to the Ulysses Trust and the CCF(RN) Cadets HQ for supporting the team with grants and to 51Bde for their advice and assistance with the organisation and finally to the Polar Academy (Scotland) with Bergans (Norway) for their support for clothing. The Loretto team are ready for this challenge!”