Sabotage

Sabotage

The Mission to Destroy Hitler's Atomic Bomb

eBook - 2016
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A stunning adventure involving Nazis, nukes, fighting, failure, and everyday heroes, from the author of the award-winning The Nazi Hunters. Neal Bascomb delivers another nail-biting work of nonfiction for young adults in this incredible true story of spies and survival. The invasion begins at night, with German cruisers slipping into harbor, and soon the Nazis occupy all of Norway. They station soldiers throughout the country. They institute martial rule. And at Vemork, an industrial fortress high above a dizzying gorge, they gain access to an essential ingredient for the weapon that could end World War II: Hitler's very own nuclear bomb. When the Allies discover the plans for the bomb, they agree Vemork must be destroyed. But after a British operation fails to stop the Nazis' deadly designs, the task falls to a band of young Norwegian commandos. Armed with little more than skis, explosives, and great courage, they will survive months in the snowy wilderness, elude a huge manhunt, and execute two dangerous missions. The result? The greatest act of sabotage in all of World War II.
Publisher: 2016
ISBN: 9780545735339
Call Number: OverDrive ebook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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The Germans never got the atomic bomb during WWII. Here's the riveting story of how their efforts were foiled.

After Hitler conquered Norway during WWII, he gained access to a "heavy" water plant --a necessary component to a nuclear bomb. This is the story of the young Norwegian commandos that destroyed the factory and severely crippled the German development the atomic bomb.

After Hitler conquered Norway during WWII, he gained access to a "heavy" water plant --a necessary component to a nuclear bomb. This is the story of the young Norwegian commandos that destroyed the factory and severely crippled the German development the atomic bomb.


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pranaav_chennai
Aug 10, 2020

This book is about the most successful SOS operation on Norweigan soil. It happened in the middle of World War II after the Germans have conquered Norway. Some Jewish German scientists have fled to America with urgent news; Germany was developing an atomic bomb. It was clear that the Allied development of the bomb would be completed after the German bomb would be created unless the Allies sabotaged the effort. To do this, a small team of Norwegians was sent into Norway with a target; to sabotage Vemork, a heavy water plant instrumental in creating the resources that the Nazis needed to complete their bomb.

While not fully covering all the intricacies of the effort, like the crackdowns in the aftermath of the operation, this book is still reasonably detailed. This book provides insight into the setup of the plan, the numerous failed operations, the operation itself, and the escape of the people involved. All of this is provided in a book written like a novel, along with numerous sources that can be if a reader wants a more detailed picture of the events of the book.

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LettuceBroccoli
Jul 30, 2020

Don’t know why the title is different than the Ebook

Melissa_RA_Librarian Jun 16, 2017

For some reason, I couldn't shake the feeling that I had read this book before. So much of the story was familiar to me, but I honestly don't know where I read it. Specifically the parts about them living in the ice huts after the drops--actually I think it was in Bomb by Steve Sheinkin, but not exactly sure.

Still this was a wonderful history, about a little known story during WWII. This book is well written and factual, but had a tendency to be a bit dry at times. There was a lot of waiting and planning for the attack, and many things went wrong. Still this is a great addition to our WWII history collection.

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