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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian22 May 2020 3:01 p.m. PST

…That Deprived the Nazis of the Atomic Bomb

Operation Gunnerside: How a group of stealthy, skiing commandos took out a crucial Nazi facility.


Aethelflaeda was framed22 May 2020 4:02 p.m. PST

IIRC this was the event that won WW2.

Berzerker7322 May 2020 4:26 p.m. PST

When I was Norway 5 years ago, we took a tour of the facility. It was really interesting and quite a beautiful area.

Marc33594 Supporting Member of TMP23 May 2020 6:35 a.m. PST

Interesting raid and no one could know how close the German's were to developing an atomic bomb. The answer, researched after the war, was not very close at all. Even had the heavy water facility not been damaged there is no evidence the Germans would have had a successful bomb. But not knowing this the raid was a good insurance policy.


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP23 May 2020 7:35 a.m. PST

That is a very useful link. I had long known that Heavy water was a dead end that distracted the German programme…but frankly had no idea what its role was to have been. Until now!

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