The Last Hero of Telemark

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BBC News - Last hero of Telemark: The man who helped stop Hitler's A-bomb


The last of a brave band who perhaps saved Europe from something very nasty indeed

Seventy years ago, a small team of Norwegians was sent from Britain to carry out one of the most daring and important undercover operations of World War II - the aim was to prevent Adolf Hitler building an atomic bomb.
On Thursday, the leader of that team and its last surviving member returned to London to lay a wreath at a memorial and receive a flag that had flown over Parliament.
In glorious sunshine, with the Houses of Parliament as a backdrop, Joachim Ronnenberg, 93, sat quietly as the head of Norway's armed forces paid tribute to one of their country's great heroes.
Buglers played and then a minute's silence was observed as a wreath was placed at the memorial on the Embankment to the Special Operations Executive (SOE), the organisation Winston Churchill had tasked with carrying out undercover operations in Nazi-occupied Europe.
 
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Saw the broadcast tonight and agree with your post ... the film " Heroes of Telemark " did not bear true justice to the bravery of the men involved including the ~500 Km escape to a neutral country .

There was another , Norwegian , film made shortly after WW2 which included several of the actual participants in the teams .... linky ... Kampen om tungtvannet - YouTube .

IIRC Joachim Ronnenberg was a guest speaker to UKSF for a number of years .

Sadly he is the last survivor of a group of men with balls of steel .
 
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Good interview with Joachim Ronnenberg in the article, ending:

Mr Ronnenberg received a flag which had flown over the Houses of Parliament.

It was a reminder, he says, of the time during the war when he looked up at it flying over Westminster.

The colours had reminded him of his own flag and the fact Britain offered the best hope of freedom for his homeland.

"We felt very much that we had a big debt to Britain," he tells me.

"They received us, they trained us and they helped us. This operation wasn't Norwegian or British at all. It was an Allied operation."
Those who served in MNB(C) in Kosovo may remember the Norwegian "Camp Vemork" near Plementina, named in memory of this historic successful operation.
 

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