The Heavy Water Wars
War Documentary with no narration published by NHK in 2015 – English language
The Heavy Water War (original title Kampen om tungtvannet and alternative title The Saboteurs (UK)) Is the story behind Hitler’s plan of Germany getting the atomic bomb during WW2, and the heavy water sabotages in Rjukan Norway, seen from four angles, the German side, the allied, the saboteurs and the company side. Originally a six-episode miniseries SBS merged them into 3 episodes
1) Episodes 1&2
Nobel physics prize receiver Heisenberg is convinced by the Nazi government to make the first atomic bomb. But for this they need heavy water, only produced in Rjukan, Norway, something the French and Brits will prevent at all costs. While the Nazis are working on the first atomic bomb, the saboteur-group Grouse, is put together of local resistance. They are to assist English commando-forces in blowing up the heavy water facility.
2) Episodes 3&4
The English mission failed when both planes crash landed, and the surviving soldiers killed by the Nazis. Leif Tronstad convinces the allied command to gather a local force to bomb Vemork. They are named Gunnerside.The most famous of the 4 sabotage actions in the Heavy Water War, when a group of local saboteurs, trained in England, is to bomb Vemork a Heavy water facility outside Rjukan. The saboteurs hate the idea of crossing the gorge bridge.
3) Episodes 5&6
The Nazis are building up again the Heavy water facility in record time after the bombing. Norsk Hydro company director is facing accusation of being a war collaborator. In England, the Americans decide to bomb Rjukan and Vemork.The American bombers have killed many civilians, but the Heavy Water production is not harmed. The Nazis decide to take the production equipment to Germany, together with the water they’ve got to date
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Published on: Sep 17, 2016 @ 14:08