National Geographic: Untold Stories of World War II

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1998
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Winston Churchill's spirited defiance

of the Nazis became a rallying point

for resistance fighters from

all over conquered Europe.

Young Norwegians eager

for combat joined the army

of exiles gathering in Britain.

There was no sacrifice that was

too big to try to get the Germans out.

The British created

a secret organization

the Special Operations Executive

to fan the fires of resistance.

You volunteered and you were trained

by the British to go back to Norway

and work behind the lines

on sabotage instruction,

reporting radio information,

wireless operating,

and that sort of thing.

A few young resistance fighters would

return to Norway undercover,

armed with a plan to destroy

the heavy-water factory.

They were country boys and city kids,

engineers and outdoorsmen,

university students

and career soldiers.

Shock troops in a clandestine

war against Hitler's a-bomb,

they would become legends

in their homeland.

And some of them would even star

in this 1948 movie

chronicling their real-life exploits.

Scenes from this film give a revealing

glimpse of the daring mission.

October, 18, 1942

Four of the men returned home

in dangerous night parachute jump.

Their mission:

to guide a British explosives team

to the heavy-water plant.

When we were leaving

for the dropping zone,

you felt that some

of the people sending you

didn't expect to see you once more,

so we had to more or

less cheer them up and say,

It's not that this easy

to get rid of us.

We'll be back. Just wait and see.

Our target is

the heavy-water production.

That was all. They said it's important

and we have to destroy it.

I knew that the heavy water

was important

for the Germans' weapon production,

but in which way I had no idea.

The commandos' first objective was to

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