Author: Tormod Engvig

Beneath the Waves: The World’s First Female Submarine Captain

Norway, a NATO-member nation bordering Russia, has had a very important geostrategic role, since the onset of the Cold War, with the Soviet Union in the late 1940s. In virtually every conventional World War III–scenario of the 1950s through the 1990s, it was assumed that the Soviets would launch a two-pronged assault against NATO: A main attack into West Germany, with a flanking maneuver from the Russian Arctic into northern Norway. Any Soviet attack on Norway would have included amphibious operations along the latter’s long, fjord-indented coastline. Keenly aware of this threat, Norway – while perhaps better known for...

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A Seafaring Viking Queen

Many of us are no doubt familiar with the Vikings – early medieval seafaring warrior traders from Scandinavia – and their colorful history. The lore of the Vikings has gained popularity in recent years as a result of the critically acclaimed series of the same name, where among other things, shield-maidens – Viking Amazons – feature prominently. Who can fail to be impressed – if not a little frightened – by Katheryn Winnick’s portrayal of the semi-mythical Lagertha? An actual Viking seafaring woman… However, here I would like to bring to the reader’s attention the seafaring Viking noblewoman associated...

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