Loppa – Coastal battery 32/971, Ystenes, Øksfjord (World War ll)

As a part of the 2-line coastal intersection of Altafjorden, a battery was installed on Ystenes. The task of the battery was to prevent enemy forces from penetrating Stjernsund towards Altafjorden and into the Øksfjord.

As a part of the 2-line coastal intersection of Altafjorden, a battery was installed on Ystenes. The task of the battery was to prevent enemy forces from penetrating Stjernsund towards Altafjorden and into the Øksfjord.

The battery support point was entered

4 pcs 15.5 cm cannon (fr) in fieldm. positions. Shot width 18,000 meters
2 pcs 5 cm armor guns.
1 pc 3.7 cm air defense cannon.
1 pc 2 cm air protection cannon.
6 pc mg / mitr.
1 piece of bumpers.
3 pieces of flame throwers.
1 piece of headlamp.

There were a number of positions and barriers in the area, including 854 personnel mines.

The battery power was 150 men. In 1943 a company was also stationed in Øksfjord so that the total strength was about 300 man.

The battery 32/71 belonged to Hæren’s coastal artillery and was built in the spring of 1941. The plant was blown and moved to Justholmen in Lofoten in the autumn of 1944.

During the English attack on «Tirpitz», the battery on the Ystenes was also attacked. During one of these attacks in the fall of 1944 5 brackets were destroyed.

The Germans came to Øksfjord just after the Allied «visit» at Easter times in 1941 when a hunter walked in and a handful of Norwegians landed and blasted the main machinery at the silage oil factory, as well as the main board at the telephone exchange.

On the German side, an alarm was issued and ordered a ban on air clearance from Banak. Likewise, it was ordered that a bat (13. MG battalion) should be set against Øksfjord.

Source: Th. Gamst. Finnmark under hakekorset. (Agdin publisher 1984)