Norway mourns WWII hero who sabotaged Nazi nuclear plans
In this Thursday, April 25, 2013 file photo, Norwegian war hero and resistance fighter Joachim Roenneberg walks in a park near the Palace of Westminster, after receiving the Union Jack Medal for his efforts and cooperation with the British during the second World War. (Alastair Gr ant/AP file)
Norway hero behind WWII sabotage of Nazi plant dies at 99
COPENHAGEN, Denmark â" Norwayâs prime minister says World War II saboteur Joachim Roenneberg, who headed the four-man team that blew up a plant producing heavy water which Nazi Germany could have used to produce nuclear weapons, is dead at 99.
Prime Minister Erna Solberg says Roenneberg was âone of our finest resistance fightersâ whose âcourage contributed to what has been referred to as the most successful sabotage campaignâ in Norway.
Roenneberg, then 23, was tapped by the SOE â" Britainâs war-time intelligence gathering and sabotage unit â" to destroy key parts of the heavily guarded plant in southern Norway in February 1943.
The operation â" during which not a single shot was fired â" has been recounted in books, documentaries, films and TV series.
Solberg wrote Sunday on Facebook hours after Roennebergâs death.Source: Google News Norway | Netizen 24 Norway