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OPERATION FRESHMAN: The Hunt for Hitler's Heavy Water [Hardcover]

By Jostein Berglyd & Timothy Dinan (Translator)
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In February 1943, the heavy water plant in Vermork/Rjukan, that Hitler needed for the making of the atomic bomb, was made useless by a combined British/Norwegian sabotage operation. This operation became a legend in history.

What is less well known is the fact that there was an earlier attempt at sabotaging the plant in late 1942. This failed attempt is known in history as "Operation Freshman". This book is about the successful operation, but it is also a book describing the failed one: both what happened before the operation, and during the operation as well as the aftermath.

It describes the planning, the German response and the horrible way the German forces treated the British Commandos involved in "Operation Freshman".


"...describes in detail the planning and preparation for Freshman, its execution and aftermath... a wealth of unusual images accompany the detailed text. "Britain at War, 06/2008

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Studio: Leandoer and Ekholm
Pages   202
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 6.75" Height: 9.75"
Weight:   1.45 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Publisher   Leandoer and Ekholm
ISBN  9197589594  
ISBN13  9789197589598  

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great book, very poor production values  Nov 11, 2008
Operation Freshman is the story of failure and success. The destruction of the Nazis' ability to make an atomic bomb, using the heavy water process is the heart of the story. Taking place in Norway, British commandos brought in from took on what looked like a one-way mission. Two gliders bringing the commandos in crashed due to difficult terrain and bad weather. Survivors were executed by the local German troops shortly after. In the end the heaviest damage done to the heavy water plant brought about by additional parachuted commandos proved insufficient to stop the process. The mission was only successful when the Germans decided to bring the manufactured supply of heavy water back to Germany using land transport.At that point Norwegian commandos blew up the ferry carrying the heavy water which sank to the bottom of one of Norway's deepest lakes. It is a well researched and written book but it suffers from terrible production values. Typos abound on nearly every page and the page layout continuity is often broken where sentences end abruptly to be resumed halfway down the following page.It's a pity that such a great yarn suffers from poor quality control. It became a rather frustrating read.

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