Man Who Foiled Nazi Nuclear Plan Dies Aged 99

Roenneberg helped destroy key parts of the heavily guarded Norsk Hydro plant.

(From Reuters)

The leader of a daring World War Two raid to thwart Nazi Germany’s nuclear ambitions has died aged 99, Norwegian government officials said on Sunday.

Joachim Roenneberg, serving behind enemy lines in his native Norway during the German occupation, in 1943 blew up a plant producing heavy water, or D2O, a hydrogen-rich substance that was key to the later development of atomic bombs.

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