A page on a WWII Norton WD 16H stranded in Norway, and on the norwegian use of these motorcycles post-war.
Marlene D. and her driver as captured by photographer Espen Lodden [page].
The Norton WD 16H (WD is short for War Department) was in use by the Norwegian army in the 50s, as this facsimile from "Håndbok for soldaten" (1951 ) shows. The first real batch of vehicles came to Norway in the late 40s and was eventually replaced by other brands and Willys jeeps in the late 50s, early 60s.
War-time photo: A female mechanic, probably with the Norwegian forces in Scotland, has gotten use of her mechanical skills. The 16H has the crankcase shield off, and she's probably tightening the engine bolts.
While the war ended 8th of May, Norway - never actually being an Allied country - wasn't technically free until the 7th of June, a month later, when the command was handed over from the Allies. Being non-allied meant that all the left-over german equipment, weapons and infrastructure in reality was british property. Most of this enormous amount of war-time production was subseqently destroyed. To tell a long story short: This is how the Norwegian post-war army started out with equipment bought from the british (up until, of course, the 1948 US Marshall plan virtually landed on us). While a rather rotten business trick, this ensured the 16H an afterlife in the cold north. And that is what this page is all about. Any info, pictures on the use of Nortons in the post-war Norwegian Army would be appreciated!
If you own an ex-Norwegian Army Norton, please get in touch with me! I'm also on the look-out for any piece of information - pictures, documents, stories, etc - on these bikes and their use in post-war Norway! My e-mail can be found at the bottom of this page. Thanks! Ketil.
My other pages:
Fear and loathing! Southern Norway! My go at the Motorcycle diaries-meets-Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance-meets-Fear and loathing in Las Vegas-meets-What I did last summer, 5th grade. Sort of. Norwegian only.
Norwegian only manual pdf.
1990 Classic Bike roadtest of Norton, BSA and Matchless, all WD. pdf.
Newsreel footage from King Haakon VII's return to Norway in 1945, with a small fleet of 16h's.
Mainly 16h/WD. To come.
Get in touch with other owners.
For international owners, check out Rob's Norton page (below).
Be sure to visit Rob van den Brink's excellent page on the war-era Nortons!
For english language manuals for your bike, ask Groucho.
Classic Bike Owners Club Bergen.