Hitler's Sunken Secret

Hitler's Sunken Secret

DVD - 2006
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One of the most daring resistance operations of World War II was the sinking of a cargo of 'heavy water' destined for the Nazi's secret atomic bomb project. Explore the bottom of a Norwegian lake with a remotely operated vehicle to find the ferry.
Publisher: [Boston] : WGBH Boston Video, 2006
ISBN: 9781593753191
Branch Call Number: DVD 943.0864 HITLE HITLE
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 56 min.) : sound, color and black and white ; 4 3/4 in
Alternative Title: Nova (Television program)
Notes: Documentary
"How close were the Nazis to having the atomic bomb?" -- Cover
Special features: Printable materials for educators; access to the Nova web site


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Apr 25, 2014

This was a story I was not taught in school. I did enjoy it even though it was a bit heavy on the science. I would recommend!

Nov 18, 2013

This is a 55-minute documentary about the Norwegian heavy water sabotage undertaken by Norwegian saboteurs
during World War II to prevent the German nuclear energy project from acquiring heavy water (deuterium oxide), which could be used
to produce nuclear weapons.
In 1934, at Vemork, Norsk Hydro built the first commercial plant capable of producing heavy water as a byproduct of fertilizer production.
During World War II, the Allies decided to remove the heavy water supply and destroy the heavy water plant in order to inhibit the Nazi development
of nuclear weapons.
Raids were aimed at the 60-MW Vemork power station at the Rjukan waterfall in Telemark, Norway.
Prior to the German invasion of Norway on 9 April 1940, the Deuxième Bureau (French military intelligence) removed 185 kg (408 lb) of heavy water
from the plant in Vemork in then-neutral Norway.
The French transported it secretly to Oslo, to Perth, Scotland, and then to France.
The plant remained capable of producing heavy water.
The Allies remained concerned that the occupation forces would use the facility to produce more heavy water for their weapons programme.
Between 1940 and 1944, a sequence of sabotage actions, by the Norwegian resistance movement as well as Allied bombing ensured the destruction of the plant
and the loss of the heavy water produced. These operations finally managed to knock the plant out of production in early 1943.
In 1943, a team of SOE-trained Norwegian commandos succeeded in destroying the production facility with a second attempt, Operation Gunnerside.
Operation Gunnerside was later evaluated by SOE as the most successful act of sabotage in all of World War II.
The Germans elected to cease operation and remove the remaining heavy water to Germany.
Norwegian resistance forces sank the ferry, SF Hydro, on Lake Tinnsjø, preventing the heavy water from being removed.
It is an interesting and thrilling documentary.


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