Dogs which helped derail Nazi nuclear weapons operations remembered
Be sure to watch the video included with the full report on this item (link is at the end), as it reveals that the dogs which were so carefully trained for the mission were ultimately destroyed after it was completed, ‘for security reasons’:
A team of 40 dogs which helped derail Nazi nuclear weapons operations have been remembered in a special ceremony.
The dogs were taken from America to train with troops on a Highlands country estate, for a mission which saw the Allies sabotage Nazi heavy water operations in Norway.
Sisters Nola Grant and Maureen Clark carried out a poignant ceremony at Glenfeshie Estate in Badenoch in tribute to the team.
In 1942 the sisters’ father Murray Clark was just sixteen when he trained with the dogs in Scotland.
Nola said: “He knew that it was a top secret mission. In leaving home, he could not tell anyone about it.”
The Norwegian operation was hailed as the most successful of its kind during the war and was immortalised in the 1965 movie The Heroes of Telemark.
Vemork Hydroelectric Plant at Rjukan, Norway in 1935 is seen above. In the front building, the Norsk Hydro hydrogen production plant, a Norwegian Special Operations Executive (SOE) team (Operation Gunnerside) blew up heavy water production cells on the night of 27/28 February 1943 in order to sabotage the efforts of the German nuclear energy project.
BBC Radio 4 also has a programme available online, which was made to mark the 60th anniversary of the raid:
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