Hero of the Telemark Raid Dies Aged 101: Carried Out Raid on Hydroelectric Plant to Thwart Hitler’s Nuclear Ambitions
RIP, sir, and thank you.
Long and fascinating story, much more at link. They mean “heavy” rather than “hard” water. Probably to be corrected soon.
One of the last two survivors of the legendary Second World War ‘Heroes of the Telemark’ raid, which helped thwart Hitler’s plans to build a Nazi nuclear bomb, has died aged 101.
Just 31 at the time, Norwegian Birger Stromsheim was the oldest member of the team who successfully destroyed the hard (sic) water production facility at the Norsk Hydoelectric plant in Telemark, southern Norway.
The raid, which is regarded as one of the most successful acts of sabotage in World War II, was also remarkable for the fact all the team managed to escape by cross country skiing 250 miles into Sweden.