Why did allied soldiers in World War Two embark on a dangerous mission to stop the Nazis using heavy water?
- In winter 1943, Norwegian commandos successfully thwarted Hitler's plans to produce a nuclear bomb at Telemark.
- Telemark, in western Norway, was the only region producing heavy water - essential in the production of nuclear bombs.
- Unlike water, heavy water uses isotopes of hydrogen - deuterium and tritium - to bond with oxygen atoms.
- The use of hydrogen isotopes changes the mass of the water molecules.
In the dead of night, a team of Norwegian commandos parachuted into Nazi-occupied Norway. And into one of the harshest terrains on our planet.
They were attempting one of the most audacious sabotage missions of the second world war, all because of what was being made here.
At the Vermork factory, ...
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