When liberation came in 1945, there were around 84 000 Soviet POWs on Norwegian soil, many of them in need of medical treatment. In June 1945, the Swedish Red Cross took over the German «Ortslasarett» (local field hospital) at Klungset close to Fauske. Within a short period of time 400 Soviet patients were treated by Swedish and Norwegian doctors and nurses. There were many cases of severe tuberculosis and hunger oedema. The Swedish Red Cross supplied as much food as possible to all the camps in Nordland County.