Norwegian Hero Joachim Rønneberg Who Blew Up Nazi Plant Dies At 99

Submitted by: Essen 1 month ago in News & Politics

This man and his fellow soldiers are truly legendary legends.

Norway on Monday mourned World War II saboteur Joachim Roenneberg, who headed a five-man team that daringly blew up a plant producing heavy water, depriving Nazi Germany of a key ingredient it could have used to make nuclear weapons.

Roenneberg, then 23, was tapped by the Special Operations Executive, or SOE — Britain’s war-time intelligence gathering and sabotage unit — to destroy key parts of the heavily guarded plant in Telemark, in southern Norway, in a raid in February 1943.

In a 2014 Norwegian documentary in connection with his 95th birthday, Roenneberg said the daring operation went “like a dream” — a reference to the fact that not a single shot was fired.

Source: AP

Their deed during and after the war is just admirable. The whole story has been told both in english and norwegian documentary. Here is one of those documentaries:



And I just have to show you guys this totally Norwegian experience: he is honored by school children singing birthday-song for his 97th birthday.
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Male 2,758
There is also a movie telling this story (I'm sure with some embellishment) I believe that they also sank a fairy boat with a load of heavy water on it also.
I believe the movie is called "Operation Crossbow"
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Male 9,383
casaledana I know it as "Heroes of Telemark" 1965. Yes, there was some embelishment but not too bad.
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Male 1,166
Ray Mears did a fascinating documentary about the mission and the survival tactics they used. Well worth a watch if you're into that sort of thing.
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Male 45,690
The greatest generation ever.
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Male 7,329
Gerry1of1 Not so much from the black perspective.
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Male 45,690
daegog   Thank you Debbie Downer. And yes, them too. Their service was important and it wasn't just young people in the 60s civil rights move, that generation was there as well.
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The fun fact of the day. Many registered members of the Nazi party were given asylum in the United States at the end of the war.
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Male 2,366
dm2754  well, anyone who wasn’t a “register member” of the party tended to be a registered “guest” at one their many resorts: Aushwitz, Dachau, etc.

And yes, we took as many of the scientists as we could because the Soviets captured Peenemunde (the Nazi rocket test center) and all the technology that was there.  This put them slightly ahead of the West in the space race however the West got the brains.

We usually look the other way when somebody we need has committed atrocities: Shah of Iran, etc
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Male 18,342
woodyville06 you missed the point. The Americans granted amnesty in Operation Paperclip to key useful war criminals who were willing to become Americans and support cold war military technologies, such as Werner Von Braun and Japanese Army Unit 731.
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Male 2,366
Draculya no, I absolutely got the point.  And the original statement didn’t include “war criminals” as you have added, it said “registered party members”.  There is a difference.


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Male 45,690
dm2754   As it was mandatory to register with the party, that hardly condemns anyone.
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