Assault in Norway

Assault in Norway

Sabotaging the Nazi Nuclear Program

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“An exciting and dramatic episode.”—Library Journal


“Cliff-hanging suspense.”—Christian Science Monitor


Assault in Norway is the classic account of a legendary raid on the Nazi war program. By 1942 Germany had a seemingly insurmountable lead over the Allies in developing an atomic bomb. Contributing to this situation was its access to a crucial ingredient: “heavy water,” found in great abundance at a fortresslike factory in occupied Norway. Allied hopes of stalling the Nazi nuclear program soon focused on sabotaging the cliffside plant—a suicidal mission. But a team of brave Norwegian exiles, trained in Britain, infiltrated their homeland and, hiding in the wilds, awaited the opportunity to launch one of the war’s most daring commando raids.


Basing his gripping narrative in large part on interviews with the commandos themselves, Thomas Gallagher recounts in vivid detail the planning and execution of Operation Gunnerside.Assault in Norway recalls the intrigue found in such wartime classics as David Howarth’sWe Die Alone and The Sledge Patrol, and the mission it recounts inspired the 1965 Hollywood filmThe Heroes of Telemark.

Based on interviews with the commandos themselves, here are the vivid details about the planning and execution of one of the most famous raids in WWII history.

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This stirring tale, collected mostly from interviews with the operatives themselves, is an account of Operation Gunnerside, the allied attempt during the Second World War to sabotage the Nazi nuclear program by blowing up the heavy water plant in occupied Norway. Part history and part adventure story, author and journalist Gallagher writes this narrative with suspense and flair, and the account of the British trained Norwegian exiles who volunteered for that pivotal and suicidal mission is not to be missed. First published in 1975, this is a reprint of the 2002 edition and includes a map of the area of operations in Norway as well as a subject index. Annotation ©2010 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Guilford, Conn. : Lyons Press, [2010]
ISBN: 9781599219127
Characteristics: xi, 192 p. : maps ; 23 cm


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