Skip to comments.Birger Stromsheim
Posted on 11/16/2012 1:59:33 AM PST by fella
Birger Stromsheim Birger Stromsheim , , who has died aged 101, was considered the greatest of the Heroes of Telemark who in 1943 launched a daring raid to destroy a crucial part of the Nazi atomic weapons programme.
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And look what’s been done to it since. RIP.
Winds up the barge they sunk had no “heavy water” (detuerium) on it according to Nazi records.
The chemical was loaded on a ferry, Hydro, but this was sunk by another Norwegian resistance operation, finally sealing the fate of Germanys atomic weapons programme.
The 1965 movie, starring Kirk Douglas, is a Hollywood fairy-tale version.
There was an earlier, French-Norwegian film, almost a documentary recreation, called “Kampen om tungtvannet” (1948), that used several of the actual participants.
But in that movie, Birger Stromsheim was portrayed by an actor.
“To what do you attribute your long life?”
“Eating a kilo of Lutefisk, and drinking a liter of Akevitt, each and every day.”
“Amazing! Do you do this each and every day?”
“Absolutely not! You shouldn’t do this at all. It will kill you dead!”
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