Sabotaging heavy water in Norway



"We were not informed about production of heavy water in Vemork. We were not informed about the Germans wanting to use heavy water for the development of an atomic bomb. Before leaving England, we were told our action had the highest priority but we were not aware how great the influence could be on the outcome of the war." as Joachim RŲnneberg and Birger StrŲmsheim declared in 1989. They belonged to a group of Norwegian commandoes who were involved in one of the most daring operations during World War Two: the attempt at sabotage of the production of heavy water in the Norwegian town of Vemork.

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The Norwegian hydroelectric plant in Vemork in 1935.
(Source: Anders Beer Wilse (1865-1949) op Wikimedia)

The plant in Vemork in 2010.
(Source: Barry van Veen)


Translated by:
Arnold Palthe
Article by:
Wesley Dankers
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