The Mission to Destroy Hitler's Atomic Bomb

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The author of the award-winning The Nazi Hunters returns with another thrilling true story of WWII espionage!

April 9, 1940.

The invasion begins at night, with German cruisers slipping up a silent fjord. Soon planes full of paratroopers roar over the mountains, and in two months, the Nazis occupy all of Norway. They cripple food supplies to the Norwegian people. And at the Vemork power plant, they gain access to an essential ingredient in the weapon that could end the war: Hitler's very own nuclear bomb.

February 24, 1943.

When the Allies discover the plans for the bomb, they agree Vemork must be destroyed. But after a British operation fails to stop the Nazis' deadly designs, the task falls to a band of passionate Norwegian commandos - young men who long to free their country from Nazi rule. Armed with little more than parachutes, skis, explosives, and great courage, they will survive months in the snowy wilderness and execute two desperately dangerous missions. The result? The greatest act of sabotage in all of World War II.

Publisher: New York, NY : Arthur A. Levine Books, an imprint of Scholastic Inc., 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780545732437
Branch Call Number: YA 940.54 BASCOMB
Characteristics: 307 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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For some reason, I couldn't shake the feeling that I had read this book before. So much of the story was familiar to me, but I honestly don't know where I read it. Specifically the parts about them living in the ice huts after the drops--actually I think it was in Bomb by Steve Sheinkin, but not exactly sure.

Still this was a wonderful history, about a little known story during WWII. This book is well written and factual, but had a tendency to be a bit dry at times. There was a lot of waiting and planning for the attack, and many things went wrong. Still this is a great addition to our WWII history collection.


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