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   Norwegian who parachuted into Nazi occupied territory on skis to blow up Hitler's nuclear weapons program using a 30-second fuse has just died at age 101 wishing he had accomplished something with his life

10 Dec 2012 04:28 AM   |   13005 clicks   |   The New York Times
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quatchi    [TotalFark]  
My first thought was could make a good movie then I read...

He and other members of the mission at Norsk Hydro received medals from several Allied countries. In 1965, Hollywood produced "The Heroes of Telemark," a film starring Kirk Douglas and Richard Harris that included shootouts, dramatic chases through the snow and love scenes. The soldiers roundly panned the movie as unrealistic.

"He saw that," Mr. Stromsheim's son said. "He didn't like it. It was too glamorous."


Real soldiers are real.

Sounds like a good man. RIP.

10 Dec 2012 12:43 AM
Makh    [TotalFark]  
I've beaten that level before. Piece'O'cake.

/Job well done, Sir.

10 Dec 2012 12:49 AM
fusillade762     
Now I want to watch this movie again:

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Oh dear lord, I just read the copy on that poster. Forgive me.

10 Dec 2012 01:01 AM
Lionel Mandrake    [TotalFark]  

fusillade762: Now I want to watch this movie again:

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Oh dear lord, I just read the copy on that poster. Forgive me.


I wanna see Barbara Bach blow more than a bridge.

10 Dec 2012 01:14 AM
Apos     
The Hero tag has never been more appropriate.

/Rest in peace, valiant warrior.

10 Dec 2012 01:15 AM
vossiewulf    [TotalFark]  
^ What he said.

10 Dec 2012 02:25 AM
mattwakeman     

Apos: The Hero tag has never been more appropriate.

/Rest in peace, valiant warrior.


This +1,000,000

10 Dec 2012 04:32 AM
Baumli     
FTA: They lighted a 30-second fuse and ran.
....they lit a 30-second fuse?????
/grammar Nazi

10 Dec 2012 04:39 AM
ruinevil     
Is this the mostly nonexistent one that Heisenberg was in charge of.

10 Dec 2012 04:44 AM
Delecrious     
I always like to think of their reactions during the mission briefing.

"Alright guys, we got intel that the nazzies are building a NUCLEAR BOMB. You're gonna skii down a massive hill, infiltrate a fortified base and light a bomb with a -- get this -- 30-second fuse."

"Okay."

10 Dec 2012 04:48 AM
Archie Goodwin     

fusillade762: Oh dear lord, I just read the copy on that poster. Forgive me.


Please tell me that is a 'shop.

Baumli: FTA: They lighted a 30-second fuse and ran.
....they lit a 30-second fuse?????
/grammar Nazi


This guy has earned the right to do whatever the hell he wants.

10 Dec 2012 04:48 AM
0Icky0     

Lionel Mandrake: I wanna see Barbara Bach blow more than a bridge.


You made me picture her blowing her husband, Ringo Starr.

/thanks

10 Dec 2012 05:03 AM
dericwater     
To be sure, most movies about WWII made in the 60s were just to melodramatic and not even close to being truthful. Remember Battle of the Bulge with Henry Fonda? They used the US Patton tank, a Vietnam era tank, to represent the Nazi "super tank". Guns of Navaronne, while entertaining, was not very close to real. The Longest Day was pretty close to real, as was the 1970s, Battle Of Britain, The Man That Never Was and Sink The Bismarck. But most of the others had too much unnecessary love interest scenes and glommed multiple soldiers' war histories onto one or two characters.

10 Dec 2012 05:07 AM
sexorcisst     
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RIP

10 Dec 2012 05:11 AM
On-Off     
my first reaction was:
"boy, with a bit of luck, he'll have a Hollywood movie made about it
- with americans in place of norvegians, of course!"

I looked up the wiki, and no, "The Heroes of Telemark" is not as shameless as "U-whatever"(about stealing the enigma from that U-Boot), Pearl-harbor and others of todays "historical" flicks.
From the Wiki:

"Other versions

Ray Mears made a documentary entitled The Real Heroes of Telemark. Despite mainly sticking to the factual evidence, some scenes in the documentary, like the film, were partly dramatised, focusing more on the survival skills involved in the operation.

The same story was also covered in the 1948 Franco-Norwegian film Kampen om tungtvannet (La bataille de l'eau lourde - "The battle for heavy water"). Quite faithful to the real events, it even had many of the original Norwegian commandos starring as themselves.
Cast"

10 Dec 2012 05:15 AM
Public Savant     

Baumli: FTA: They lighted a 30-second fuse and ran.
....they lit a 30-second fuse?????
/grammar Nazi


I will waddle into your room wearing clogs and spill diet coke into your keyboard.

/The new kind of heroism

10 Dec 2012 05:22 AM
XplodedSynapses     
Rest well, you motherfarking badass.

/Job well done.

10 Dec 2012 05:25 AM
maggoo     
Norwegians were simply awesome.

When they weren't suplying their hovercrafts with eels, they were planning to parachute into Nazi territory to blow up Hitler.

Plus, Thor is their god. Packing a hammer that shoots lightning, and smashes shiat up.

How awesome is that?

10 Dec 2012 05:26 AM
Big Ramifications     
"You had a tent?!"
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// but seriously
// did he have a tent?

10 Dec 2012 05:29 AM
Valarius     
Good night, sir.

May as well figure out how to get Hollywood to do a remake.

10 Dec 2012 05:29 AM
God--     
Was it confirmed that it was a heavy water plant? I mean the info did come from British intelligence...

/trolling

/Love stories like this.

10 Dec 2012 05:40 AM
Devolving_Spud     
Greatest Generation: Performed countless acts of humble greatness and self-sacrifice for the greater good.

Your Generation: Can't wait to post their outrage when the fast food drive-thru is too slow

Thank you for your service, Mr. 200-mile skiing, Nazi-heavy-water-facility-exploding Guy.

10 Dec 2012 05:41 AM
ingineervt     
I'm a bit impressed at the first group who escaped, lived off rock food and deer meat, and McGyvered a radio until the 2nd group met up with them..then went and completed the mission.

10 Dec 2012 05:41 AM
sjcousins     
What a badass.

10 Dec 2012 05:50 AM
planes     
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You can order the movie online from Walmart for $9.50 with free shipping to the store. (click graphic) (new window)

10 Dec 2012 06:01 AM
sudo give me more cowbell     

Devolving_Spud: Greatest Generation: Performed countless acts of humble greatness and self-sacrifice for the greater good.-and to provide the next generation with a world free from tyranny.

Your Generation: Can't wait to post their outrage when the fast food drive-thru is too slow
Inherits an awesome world, and farks up the planet for all future generations through greed and laziness because it doesn't wanna give up its hummers.


Seriously. Thinking about the shiat that my grandparents did to give me an awesome life, and thinking about how little anyone my age gives a shiat about the world they're leaving for future generations gives me a sad.

10 Dec 2012 06:06 AM
willyfreddy     
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So what? I waited in line for a new iPhone for 4 hours, and it was chilly THE WHOLE TIME!

/modern humans are lame
//not all of 'em though
///but most of 'em

10 Dec 2012 06:14 AM
0Icky0     

Devolving_Spud: Greatest Generation: Performed countless acts of humble greatness and self-sacrifice for the greater good.


Misty-eyed romantic crap. Of course there was that. But there was also monumental farktardery.
There are heroes and bums in every age.

There are Germans with the same ideas about their Greatest Generation too..but I'm glad those old bastards have been replaced by modern Deutsche Pussies.

10 Dec 2012 06:19 AM
jgilb     
I visited the heavy water plant in Rjukan and my Norwegian host had tears running
down her face while she gave me a tour. Very moving experience.

10 Dec 2012 06:23 AM
sudo give me more cowbell     

0Icky0: Misty-eyed romantic crap. Of course there was that. But there was also monumental farktardery.
There are heroes and bums in every age.


Nah dude. There is monumentally more farktardery in our generation.
I mean, yeah, obviously there were the grandparents of ours that started that war. But just from the North-American perspective, there's no comparison.
I get it, it sucks to have to face up to the fact that our generation has failed in the basic moral test of "not completely screwing up the planet", but it's the reality; there's just no way in hell our grandkids are going to be calling us "the greatest generation".

10 Dec 2012 06:33 AM
monty666    [TotalFark]  
I invented the turducken, but you don't see me tooting my horn about it all over the place. Heroes don't do that. We just go straight up hero.

10 Dec 2012 06:45 AM
Snowflake Tubbybottom     
How big of a parachute do you to safely land 500 lb balls?

10 Dec 2012 06:49 AM
0Icky0     

sudo give me more cowbell: there's just no way in hell our grandkids are going to be calling us "the greatest generation".


There is no way that "The Greatest Generation's" parents called them that either. Because they were looking back to a more "noble" age themselves. Their "Greatest Generation" was the one that fought the Civil War. Even the Southern traitors saw their fathers that way.

10 Dec 2012 06:55 AM
RobSeace    [TotalFark]  

monty666: I invented the turducken, but you don't see me tooting my horn about it all over the place.


If I invented a food with "turd" in the name, I'd hide away in shame, as well...

10 Dec 2012 06:55 AM
monty666    [TotalFark]  

RobSeace: monty666: I invented the turducken, but you don't see me tooting my horn about it all over the place.

If I invented a food with "turd" in the name, I'd hide away in shame, as well...


If I boned your mom and she squirted you out, I'd hide in shame too.

10 Dec 2012 06:58 AM
On-Off     

0Icky0: Devolving_Spud: Greatest Generation: Performed countless acts of humble greatness and self-sacrifice for the greater good.

Misty-eyed romantic crap. Of course there was that. But there was also monumental farktardery.
There are heroes and bums in every age.

There are Germans with the same ideas about their Greatest Generation too..but I'm glad those old bastards have been replaced by modern Deutsche Pussies.


I had a minor car accident with an old guy.
It was actualy more his fault, but I was driving kinda to fast, and he was driving some blind guy around and was very nice, and did'n start by insulting me like german cagers normaly do... so I agreed to pai for the small damage to his car (old east-germans are poor).
We met at his flat, where he told me proudly he was in the U-Boots during the War. And there was no way he could'nt have noticed I was french and realy not nazi.
I was so shocked I didn't answer anything. But dude...

10 Dec 2012 07:10 AM
dejavoodoo64     

sudo give me more cowbell: Devolving_Spud: Greatest Generation: Performed countless acts of humble greatness and self-sacrifice for the greater good.-and to provide the next generation with a world free from tyranny.

Your Generation: Can't wait to post their outrage when the fast food drive-thru is too slow
Inherits an awesome world, and farks up the planet for all future generations through greed and laziness because it doesn't wanna give up its hummers.


Seriously. Thinking about the shiat that my grandparents did to give me an awesome life, and thinking about how little anyone my age gives a shiat about the world they're leaving for future generations gives me a sad.


I agree with you, but I have read that there is a movement led by a flow farmer to have a 15 yr old Hallmark card removed from circulation because it may harm 13 yr old girls feelings. He/She appears to feel strongly about it so we have that going for us which is nice as always.

/RIP awesome soldier and thanks for all you did.

10 Dec 2012 07:29 AM
0Icky0     

On-Off: We met at his flat, where he told me proudly he was in the U-Boots during the War. And there was no way he could'nt have noticed I was french and realy not nazi.
I was so shocked I didn't answer anything. But dude...


I've got a German friend in Thailand who's grandfathers were both high-ranking SS officers. (One of them blew his brains out on VE day). He's got that guy's Iron Cross hanging in his office. He's hugely proud of his German Greatest Generation.
But still...he has no problem mixing his Aryan seed with Thai women. So he's got that going for him.

10 Dec 2012 07:30 AM
orbister     
The New York Times is reporting this a month late. Ah well, it took the two years to find out that there was a war going on, so I suppose things are getting a little better.

10 Dec 2012 07:36 AM
freewill    [TotalFark]  

On-Off: We met at his flat, where he told me proudly he was in the U-Boots during the War. And there was no way he could'nt have noticed I was french and realy not nazi.
I was so shocked I didn't answer anything. But dude...


ERIC: "Look, Dad, I need my car. Don't you remember when you were in high school? I bet you had some good times driving around senior year with your friends."

RED: "My senior year I was driving a gunboat around Okinawa. And if you count the Japanese snipers as my friends...then, yes, I had some good times."

KITTY: "You have to understand, Eric. It's not that you're father's trying to be a bad guy. It's just that he's been irreparably damaged by war."

10 Dec 2012 07:37 AM
dejavoodoo64     
Oh holy hell I spit coffee on my phone and it deserves it. That flow farmer is really a farker. Looking at Robin Meade while trying to type.

10 Dec 2012 07:40 AM
BigBooper     

dericwater: To be sure, most movies about WWII made in the 60s were just to melodramatic and not even close to being truthful. Remember Battle of the Bulge with Henry Fonda? They used the US Patton tank, a Vietnam era tank, to represent the Nazi "super tank". Guns of Navaronne, while entertaining, was not very close to real. The Longest Day was pretty close to real, as was the 1970s, Battle Of Britain, The Man That Never Was and Sink The Bismarck. But most of the others had too much unnecessary love interest scenes and glommed multiple soldiers' war histories onto one or two characters.


The ones I love are the war time propaganda movies. Hero's like Ronald Regan shoot their way through dozens, if not hundreds of completely dehumanized enemy soldiers. While the depictions of the German soldiers are simplistic, the Japanese are depicted as subhuman monsters.

10 Dec 2012 07:44 AM
sudo give me more cowbell     

0Icky0: sudo give me more cowbell: there's just no way in hell our grandkids are going to be calling us "the greatest generation".

There is no way that "The Greatest Generation's" parents called them that either. Because they were looking back to a more "noble" age themselves. Their "Greatest Generation" was the one that fought the Civil War. Even the Southern traitors saw their fathers that way.


No, but regardless of what their parents might have thought, a better measure of each generation's contribution is to be evaluated in retrospect. The question is about how each generation will be remembered.
I'm just saying, right now we can look at what our grandparents did and think "yeah, they saved our asses." but in 60 years, our grandkids are gonna be looking at what we did and thinking "yeah, they could have very easily made our lives easier, but instead they farked us over because it was 0.1% cheaper to drill more oil than to build a few solar panels."

10 Dec 2012 07:46 AM
dittybopper    [TotalFark]  

dericwater: To be sure, most movies about WWII made in the 60s were just to melodramatic and not even close to being truthful. Remember Battle of the Bulge with Henry Fonda? They used the US Patton tank, a Vietnam era tank, to represent the Nazi "super tank". Guns of Navaronne, while entertaining, was not very close to real. The Longest Day was pretty close to real, as was the 1970s, Battle Of Britain, The Man That Never Was and Sink The Bismarck. But most of the others had too much unnecessary love interest scenes and glommed multiple soldiers' war histories onto one or two characters.


"Battle of the Bulge" can be forgiven for using US equipment for tanks that were for the most part unavailable at the time of filming. It's similar to how film-makers of "Tora Tora Tora" had to use what was available to represent Japanese aircraft.

Which brings up a great point, that "Tora Tora Tora" is perhaps the best of the WWII films, telling history like it pretty much was with almost zero distortions. It even beats out "Das Boot", which is perhaps the best submarine film, but it has some serious flaws, a major one being that in late 1941, the U-boats were at the height of their power, or nearly so, and moral in the U-bootwaffe was at it's peak. The film should have been set in mid-to-late 1943, which is when the Battle of the Atlantic had actually noticeably turned against the Nazis.

Another interesting contrast is between "Tora Tora Tora" and "Battle of Midway": Both tackled real historical events, but while TTT stuck to history and is a gripping film, BOM falls victim to the malady you describe, injecting an unnecessary love story (between a pilot and a Japanese-American girl, no less!). That, and the over-use of stock footage really brought down the potential for a good film. The events surrounding the battle of Midway *SHOULD* be made into a good film, but probably never will be.

10 Dec 2012 07:47 AM
dittybopper    [TotalFark]  

BigBooper: The ones I love are the war time propaganda movies. Hero's like Ronald Regan shoot their way through dozens, if not hundreds of completely dehumanized enemy soldiers. While the depictions of the German soldiers are simplistic, the Japanese are depicted as subhuman monsters.


Contrast that with the original "Red Dawn", where the 'bad guys' are shown to be human, and the 'good guys' are asshole bullies (Jed Eckert), psychopathic killers (Robert Morris), psychologically damaged rape victims (Toni and Erica Mason), turncoats (Daryl Bates), or cynical (Colonel Tanner).

10 Dec 2012 07:54 AM
dittybopper    [TotalFark]  

RobSeace: monty666: I invented the turducken, but you don't see me tooting my horn about it all over the place.

If I invented a food with "turd" in the name, I'd hide away in shame, as well...


If I could toot my own horn, I wouldn't waste my time posting on Fark.

10 Dec 2012 07:58 AM
RickyWilliams'sBong     
I hate the way the term "hero" is thrown around, but this guy was the real deal.

RIP

10 Dec 2012 07:58 AM
dericwater     

dittybopper: dericwater: To be sure, most movies about WWII made in the 60s were just to melodramatic and not even close to being truthful. Remember Battle of the Bulge with Henry Fonda? They used the US Patton tank, a Vietnam era tank, to represent the Nazi "super tank". Guns of Navaronne, while entertaining, was not very close to real. The Longest Day was pretty close to real, as was the 1970s, Battle Of Britain, The Man That Never Was and Sink The Bismarck. But most of the others had too much unnecessary love interest scenes and glommed multiple soldiers' war histories onto one or two characters.

"Battle of the Bulge" can be forgiven for using US equipment for tanks that were for the most part unavailable at the time of filming. It's similar to how film-makers of "Tora Tora Tora" had to use what was available to represent Japanese aircraft.

Which brings up a great point, that "Tora Tora Tora" is perhaps the best of the WWII films, telling history like it pretty much was with almost zero distortions. It even beats out "Das Boot", which is perhaps the best submarine film, but it has some serious flaws, a major one being that in late 1941, the U-boats were at the height of their power, or nearly so, and moral in the U-bootwaffe was at it's peak. The film should have been set in mid-to-late 1943, which is when the Battle of the Atlantic had actually noticeably turned against the Nazis.

Another interesting contrast is between "Tora Tora Tora" and "Battle of Midway": Both tackled real historical events, but while TTT stuck to history and is a gripping film, BOM falls victim to the malady you describe, injecting an unnecessary love story (between a pilot and a Japanese-American girl, no less!). That, and the over-use of stock footage really brought down the potential for a good film. The events surrounding the battle of Midway *SHOULD* be made into a good film, but probably never will be.


BOM was screwed up by putting in Charlton Heston in it. That guy is such a terrible actor, even in Ben-Hur.

10 Dec 2012 08:13 AM
dittybopper    [TotalFark]  

dericwater: BOM was screwed up by putting in Charlton Heston in it. That guy is such a terrible actor, even in Ben-Hur.


Even with a different actor, it still would have been a mess. I blame the writer, director, and producer.

10 Dec 2012 08:16 AM
EVERYBODY PANIC     
I read Thor Hyerdahl's biography a few decades back. He was one of these guys who were dropped there for these missions. The whole Kon Tiki thing would have to wait a decade.

10 Dec 2012 08:19 AM
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