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    At Dombas, far up in the Norwegian Highlands,
    the Norwegian Home Guard has one of its officers' training schools.

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    Background: At Dombas, far up in the Norwegian Highlands,
    the Norwegian Home Guard has one of its officers' training schools. At present 20 British commando non-commissioned officers of the Royal Marine are stationed there for the purpose, among other things, of learning to ski. Under the leadership of the british Captain Banks and Norwegian ski-instructors they have with great interest completed an exacting programme. When the troop arrived some days ago several of the men had never had skis on their legs before, and today all are presenting themselves or the 10 km Norwegian Ski Federation Test. The run must be performed in 65 minutes, a demand which is adapted to an average Norwegian's abilities.

    At the start most of them felt no doubt the usual sport nervousness, but as they passed into the track at 1 minute intervals, there was only one thought: Go at it! At the passing of the 5 km mark all were in fine form, and a little over 40 minutes from the start the first skiers reached the goal. The average time used was about 48 minutes and all succeeded in passing the test.

    In the course of this short time the men have acquired a skiing skill which is fully equal to that of the average Norwegian. Truly enough they have had First-class training from the Norwegian instructors, and not least from their own Captain Banks, who has himself attended 3 skiing courses previously, but it is in the first instance their own determination and physical condition which gave the result.

    The ski insignia were distributed, Captain Banks thanked the men for their performance, and weary, but proud, each one went of to his well-deservedrest in the cosy quarters of the Norwegian Home Guard.

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