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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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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.
Although this movie takes liberties with some historical facts, some technical details are surprisingly correct given that it was made 20 years after the war: The car used by the Norwegians is fitted with a "generator" converting wood to natural gas. As petrol was in short supply, civilian cars were not allowed to run on real petrol.
The real mission code-names for the Telemark operations in World War II were Operation Freshman, Operation Grouse and Operation Gunnerside. The raid was originally scheduled for October 1942 but was not conducted until February 1943, fourth months later. Operation Grouse established an advance team of four Norwegians above the hydro plant at the Hardanger Plateau. Operation Freshman was unsuccessful and resulted in the deaths of British paratroopers when gliders crashed and any survivors were captured, interrogated, tortured and shot by the Nazi Gestapo. Its aim was to rendezvous with the Norwegians from Operation Grouse and proceed to and then raid the Vemork hydro station. Operation Gunnerside was the successful second attempt of Operation Freshman.
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