The Heavy Water War (2015)

TITLE: The Heavy Water War

The Heavy Water War is a six-part dramatization of one of the most exciting stories from the Second World War – the German efforts to develop an atomic bomb and the Allies desperate struggle to prevent it from happening. Stockholm, 1933, German scientist Werner Heisenberg is awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics and is congratulated by his mentor Niels Bohr a previous Nobel Prize winner. One of the dramatic high points is the daring sabotage mission to blow up the heavy water factory in the Norwegian mountains in 1943. Leading English, Norwegian and German actors portray real life characters and we get to understand their dilemmas and challenges in this epic story, the outcome of which will determine the future of democracy.

EPISODES: The Heavy Water War
  1. Episode 1
    Germany invades Norway and orders a doubling of production at the heavy water plant in Rjukan. Norwegian professor Leif Tronstad escapes to England to warn the Allies about what he believes is an effort to build a German atomic bomb.

    Run Time: 45m
  2. Episode 2
    Tronstad establishes contact with the War Ministry and a plan to destroy the Hydro facilities is drawn up. In Rjukan, new managing director Erik Henriksen is confronted with sabotage of the heavy water facility. Operation Grouse is a disastrous failure.
    Run Time: 44m
  3. Episode 3
    The Americans insist on bombing the heavy water factory, but Tronstad persuades the Allies to send in a team of Norwegians instead. In Germany, Nobel Prize winner Werner Heisenberg promises a breakthrough in the development of a Nazi atomic bomb.
    Run Time: 45m
  4. Episode 4
    Heisenberg is appointed director of the Kaiser Wilhelm Institute. The Gunnerside team succeeds in damaging the Hydro factory, but the Germans mount a major search for the saboteurs and order an immediate rebuilding of the heavy water facilities.
    Run Time: 45m
  5. Episode 5
    Werner Heisenberg must continue his research without heavy water. When they learn that the Germans are rebuilding the factory, the Americans decide to bomb it. The bombing causes minimal damage.
    Run Time: 44m
  6. Episode 6
    The Germans decide to move heavy water production from Norway to Germany. The Allies order the remaining members of the Gunnerside team to sink the ferry carrying heavy water facilities across the lake from Rjukan.
    Run Time: 44m
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DETAILS: The Heavy Water War
Film The Heavy Water War (2015) also known as Kampen om tungvattnet, The Saboteurs and Saboteure im Eis.
Country Norway
Director Petter S. Rosenlund
Cast Andreas Döhler, Robert Hunger-Bühler, Marc Ben Puch
Language Norwegian, English, German, Danish
English Subtitles Yes
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