THE HEAVY WATER OPERATION
One segment of events that occurred during the WW Two
period of history that just might have spelled doom for the
free world, was Hitler’s quest to produce atomic weapons.
The following is a brief account of the action taken by the
Allies to deny the German war machine the use of Hitler’s
secret weapon as recorded in “Norway’s Resistance Museum.
During the war heavy water was considered indispensable as
an aid to the production of atomic arms. The only plant in
the world where heavy water was produced continuously
was situated at Vemork (Rjukan) Norway. High priority
was therefore given to the destruction of this plant.
GROUSE 1 supplied intelligence. GROUSE II prepared the
landing area for two gliders carrying 34 British commando.
Operation FRESHMAN ended in catastrophe when the
gliders crashed near the coast.
An operation, code-named GUNNERSIDE (6 men), joined
GROUSE (3 men) and blew up the plant in February, 1943
On November 16, 1943, the power station
and adjacent plant were destroyed by US bombers,
putting an end to the production. On
February 22, 1944, the HYDRO ferry, carrying the
remaining supplies of semi-finished heavy water was sunk
on Lake Tennisjo, thus ending the battle for heavy water...
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