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Operation Freshman: The Hunt for Hitlers Heavy Water Hardcover – Illustrated, 28 Feb 2007


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  • Hardcover: 190 pages
  • Publisher: Leandoer & Ekholm; 1 edition (28 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9197589594
  • ISBN-13: 978-9197589598
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 2.5 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,353,655 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The author provides a comprehensive account... a wealth of unusual images accompany the detailed text. --Britain At War Magazine. 06/2008

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Lunge on 6 Oct. 2009
Format: Hardcover
A little known 2nd WW operation that ended in disaster. I knew the basic 'story' and was hoping for more. Unfortunately this is translated directly from the author's native Norwegian and it doesn't fare well. It has not been proofread by a native speaker which, to my mind, is an elementary mistake, so there are bits that make little sense, plus it does not read well. A proofread would also have stopped the occasions when a paragraph just stopped halfway through, or split and carried on over the page after another one. The author knows his facts, but if his style reads well in Norwegian, it doesn't in English.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
great book, very poor production values 11 Nov. 2008
By Mathieu B. Prevost - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Operation Freshman is the story of failure and success. The destruction of the Nazis' ability to make an atomic bomb, using the heavy water process is the heart of the story. Taking place in Norway, British commandos brought in from took on what looked like a one-way mission. Two gliders bringing the commandos in crashed due to difficult terrain and bad weather. Survivors were executed by the local German troops shortly after. In the end the heaviest damage done to the heavy water plant brought about by additional parachuted commandos proved insufficient to stop the process. The mission was only successful when the Germans decided to bring the manufactured supply of heavy water back to Germany using land transport.At that point Norwegian commandos blew up the ferry carrying the heavy water which sank to the bottom of one of Norway's deepest lakes. It is a well researched and written book but it suffers from terrible production values. Typos abound on nearly every page and the page layout continuity is often broken where sentences end abruptly to be resumed halfway down the following page.It's a pity that such a great yarn suffers from poor quality control. It became a rather frustrating read.
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