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(The New York Times)   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   ( nytimes.com) divider line
    More: Hero, Birger Stromsheim, occupied territories, Nazis, Norwegian, nuclear weapons, Birger, Gore-Tex  
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2012-12-10 12:43:14 AM  
5 votes:
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.
2012-12-10 01:15:17 AM  
4 votes:
The Hero tag has never been more appropriate.

/Rest in peace, valiant warrior.
2012-12-10 05:15:39 AM  
2 votes:
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.
2012-12-10 12:14:21 PM  
1 vote:

trappedspirit: 30. Second. Fuse.
Do you know how far away you can get in just 30 seconds? If you can use your legs? And aren't on a conveyor belt running the opposite direction? And your boots aren't tied together?

However, the briefing probably contained statements such as, "This is some sort of doomsday device and it's theoretical and supposedly involves splitting atoms, and the top non-Nazi scientists are shiatting bricks and they say that a single explosion could wipe out an entire city and when they talked with me I started shiatting bricks and we don't really know what would happen if you blow up their lab and anyway you need to go and blow up their lab."
2012-12-10 11:06:40 AM  
1 vote:

dericwater: To be sure, most movies about WWII made in the 60s were just to melodramatic and not even close to being truthful.

Counterpoint: To Hell and Back. OK, it was 1955, but still Audie Murphy had them take out some shiat that HE ACTUALLY DID because it was so over the top he didn't think people would believe it was real. The guy was that balls-out insane.
2012-12-10 06:55:11 AM  
1 vote:

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...
2012-12-10 06:19:53 AM  
1 vote:

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.
2012-12-10 05:41:14 AM  
1 vote:
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.
2012-12-10 05:25:21 AM  
1 vote:
Rest well, you motherfarking badass.

/Job well done.
2012-12-10 04:48:41 AM  
1 vote:

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.
2012-12-10 01:14:28 AM  
1 vote:

fusillade762: Now I want to watch this movie again:

[img.movieberry.com image 500x755] 

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

I wanna see Barbara Bach blow more than a bridge.
2012-12-10 01:01:45 AM  
1 vote:
Now I want to watch this movie again:

img.movieberry.comView Full Size

Oh dear lord, I just read the copy on that poster. Forgive me.
2012-12-10 12:49:50 AM  
1 vote:
I've beaten that level before. Piece'O'cake.

/Job well done, Sir.
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