Assault in Norway: Sabotaging The Nazi Nuclear Program by Thomas Gallagher

By Thomas Gallagher

“An fascinating and dramatic episode.”―Library Journal

“Cliff-hanging suspense.”―Christian technology Monitor

Assault in Norway is the vintage account of a mythical raid at the Nazi battle application. by way of 1942 Germany had a possible insurmountable lead over the Allies in constructing an atomic bomb. Contributing to this example used to be its entry to a vital factor: “heavy water,” present in nice abundance at a fortresslike manufacturing unit in occupied Norway. Allied hopes of stalling the Nazi nuclear application quickly serious about sabotaging the cliffside plant―a suicidal undertaking. yet a group of courageous Norwegian exiles, expert in Britain, infiltrated their place of birth and, hiding within the wilds, awaited the chance to release one of many war's so much bold commando raids.

Basing his gripping narrative largely on interviews with the commandos themselves, Thomas Gallagher recounts in shiny element the making plans and execution of Operation Gunnerside. Assault in Norway recollects the intrigue present in such wartime classics as David Howarth's We Die Alone and The Sledge Patrol, and the undertaking it recounts encouraged the 1965 Hollywood movie The Heroes of Telemark.

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But when you jump from a balloon, you fall straight down about 250 feet before anything happens. It takes about five seconds for the chute to open, and since you can’t see how close you are to earth, you keep wondering, Will I hit before it opens? Everything is quiet; there is no horizontal wind, no roar from the plane’s engine. It’s dark, and as you fall you get this terrifying sense of the increasing velocity of your descent from the sound of the air rushing through your clothing. Then, when your chute finally does open, you still can’t see the ground, but you can hear the instructors discussing the progress of the jumpers coming down.

Vannevar Bush, Director of the Office of Scientific Research and Development, on the status of the atomic-energy project in the United States. In his report Bush stated that it was possible to make a nuclear weapon that could be ready in time to influence the outcome of the war against the German Reich. The Germans were believed to be ahead of both the United States and Britain, and it was considered vital that they should not be the first to bring atomic weapons into the field of battle. Churchill was likewise armed with the latest data on nuclear research, passed on to him by Lord Cherwell, his scientific adviser.

The reason was obvious. No ordinary spy could get us the information we wanted for the simple reason that he lacked the scientific training to know what was essential. D. S. military that “as a spy a qualified scientist would be a washout. He would in all likelihood give away more secrets than he could collect. It takes more than a false beard and forged papers to keep a scientist from identifying himself to other scientists, even if he can keep his mouth shut, which is unlikely where his specialty is concerned.

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