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#121 BansheeOne

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Posted 03 January 2018 - 1013 AM

Ulrich Wegener, founding commander of GSG 9, of Operation Feuerzauber fame in Mogadishu, aged 88.


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Posted 05 January 2018 - 0838 AM

RIP

 

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#123 Panzermann

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Posted 05 January 2018 - 1359 PM

Ulrich Wegener, founding commander of GSG 9, of Operation Feuerzauber fame in Mogadishu, aged 88.

 

Oh missed that one.

 

RIP

 

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a good to the point obituary: http://strategie-tec...7-ich-hatt.html(in german)


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Posted 25 March 2018 - 0900 AM

The numbers are, and will continue to be horrifying.

 

http://www.bbc.co.uk...canada-43498200


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Posted 25 July 2018 - 0957 AM

Better late than never:


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Posted 22 October 2018 - 0138 AM

https://www.abc.net....ar-two/10404322

 

Joachim Roenneberg: Man who who stopped Nazi Germany's nuclear ambitions has died, aged 99, Norwegian authorities confirm

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The leader of a daring World War II raid to thwart Nazi Germany's nuclear ambitions has died aged 99, Norwegian government officials have confirmed.

Key points:
  • Mr Roenneberg was 23 years old when he led raids to destroy plant producing heavy water in World War II
  • Soldiers on the raid described it as a suicide mission
  • Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg said he was one of "our great heroes"

 

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.

Picked by Britain's war-time Special Operations Executive to lead the raid when he was only 23 years old, Mr Roenneberg was the youngest member of Operation Gunnerside, which penetrated and destroyed key parts of the heavily guarded Norsk Hydro plant.

The subject of books and documentaries as well as movies and a TV drama series, the attack took place without a single shot fired.

To Mr Roenneberg's team, however, the stakes could not have been higher. An earlier raid failed to even reach the site, with dozens of attackers captured and killed, and Gunnerside members later described their own assault as a near-suicide mission.

Parachuting onto a snow-covered mountain plateau, the small group teamed up with a handful of other commando soldiers before skiing to their destination, penetrating the plant on foot and blowing up the heavy-water production line.

Describing a pivotal moment, Mr Roenneberg later said he made a last-minute decision to cut the length of his fuse from several minutes to seconds, ensuring the explosion would take place but making it more difficult to escape.

While a manhunt ensued, the group fled hundreds of kilometres across the mountains, with Mr Roenneberg skiing to neighbouring Sweden, a neutral country in the war, two weeks later.

While historians doubt that Adolf Hitler's Germany would have been able to produce a nuclear weapon in time to stave off defeat, they also recognise that the risks were much harder to quantify in 1943.

For the Gunnerside crew, this hardly mattered at the time; only much later did they learn the true purpose of the attack they were asked to carry out.

Born in 1919 in the town of Aalesund, Mr Roenneberg fled to Britain after the German invasion of Norway in 1940, receiving military training before returning home for several missions during the war.

After the 1945 liberation he became a radio reporter but rarely spoke of his wartime achievements. He gave speeches and lectures well into his 90s, warning against the destructive force of totalitarianism.

Norway's Prime Minister Erna Solberg praised Mr Roenneberg for his work both during and after the war.

"He is one of our great heroes," she told news agency NTB.

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Posted 01 April 2019 - 1048 AM

Howard Lee, Medal of Honor recipient who led a long-odds defense, dies at 85

https://www.washingt...m=.f54d8a4cd5ff


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Posted 11 April 2019 - 1221 PM

Richard Cole, Air Force pilot and last of the Doolittle Raiders, dies at 103

https://www.washingt...m=.c403f9a41425


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Posted 24 June 2019 - 1050 AM

Robert Friend, one of last original Tuskegee Airmen, dead at 99

https://www.foxnews....-airmen-dead-99


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