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The Heroes of Telemark (1965) was a Action - Drama Film directed by Anthony Mann and produced by Benjamin Fisz.

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Anthony Mann's The Heroes of Telemark

By Rick29 on Jan 7, 2019 From Classic Film & TV Cafe

If not for a small band of Norwegian commandos, Adolf Hitler might have had an atomic bomb before the U.S.--leading to a very different outcome for World War II. The Norwegians' exploits form the basis for the fascinating premise of Anthony Mann's The Heroes of Telemark (1965). The film opens in ... Read full article


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In November 2009, it was reported that the World War II raid on the Telemark hydro station is to be re-enacted by a Royal Marines unit who intend to ski across seven hundred miles of frozen Norwegian landscape to raise money for charity.
Seventeen years prior to this film, a Norwegian-French movie Kampen om tungtvannet was made which covered the same events of the World War II Telemark mission as depicted in this film. This earlier movie actually featured some of the original Norwegian commandos who played themselves.
The book 'The Special Operations Executive 1940-1946' by Foot, M.R.D. states that Operation Gunnerside, one of the three and most successful of the three missions that this film is based on, was later labeled by the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) as being the most successful act of sabotage in all of the Second World War. This raid was given the highest military priority and it dealt a serious drawback to the Nazis' development of an atomic bomb in World War II.
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