Lead:  To stop the Germans from developing an atomic bomb, the allied command in World War II determined to destroy the Norwegian plant that produced heavy water, a substance essential to nuclear research.

Intro.: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: The Norsk Hydro factory near the town of Vemork was located high on one side of a valley surrounded by minefields and treacherous cliffs. Aerial bombing was considered too dangerous. Local Norwegians still worked there for the Germans who occupied the country in 1940.

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