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Blakey

Trad climber
Sierra Vista
Topic Author's Original Post - Nov 16, 2012 - 12:48am PT
A sad and timely follow up to the Veterans thread. A very brave man has died....

Birger Stromsheim, one of the Norweigan saboteurs involved in the Norsk Hydro Plant raid has died aged 101.

Op Gunnerside was one of SOEs most successful operations and played a key part in the disruption of the Nazis development of a nuclear weapon.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/9681540/Birger-Stromsheim.html


Wow!

Bad Climber

climber
Nov 16, 2012 - 06:16am PT
Thanks, Blakey. Talk about serious sacks on those boys. Damn. I saw the movie about this key event years ago but didn't remember much. It's hard to imagine what the stress must have been like. Well done, Mr. Stromsheim. You did your country and the world proud.

BAd
survival

Big Wall climber
Terrapin Station
Nov 16, 2012 - 06:29am PT
BAD ASS!!!

R.I.P my man, you earned it.
Patrick Sawyer

climber
Originally California now Ireland
Nov 16, 2012 - 06:44am PT
Read the obit, wow, what a story, what a human. RIP
splitter

Trad climber
da'Raven / Cali Hodad, surfing the galactic plane
Nov 16, 2012 - 09:50am PT
BAD ASS
BAD ASS EXTRAORDINAIRE!!!!

THANK YOU BRAVE SIR, RIP!
Ron Anderson

Trad climber
USA Moundhouse Nev. and land o da SLEDS!
Nov 16, 2012 - 09:51am PT
+1^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
toadgas

Trad climber
los angeles
Nov 16, 2012 - 09:56am PT
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a hero for sure. He and his fellow soldiers may have spared the whole planet from Nazi control.


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Mighty Hiker

climber
Vancouver, B.C.
Nov 16, 2012 - 11:50am PT
http://www.aftenposten.no/nyheter/iriks/Krigshelten-Birger-Stromsheim-er-dod-7044623.html
Blakey

Trad climber
Sierra Vista
Topic Author's Reply - Nov 17, 2012 - 02:01am PT
Bumping this, any ski mountaineers amongst you should read this. The tale of how
They survived for several months in the mountains while evading the
Nazis is phenomenal.
Gunkie

Trad climber
East Coast US
Nov 17, 2012 - 05:22am PT
Gripping story.
Rick A

climber
Boulder, Colorado
Nov 17, 2012 - 07:43am PT
Thanks Steve.

Epic story and amazing courage.

I am reading the new Manchester/Reid third volume of the biography of Churchill, another World War II hero. It quotes this passage from Macaulay's "Lays of ancient Rome", a favorite of Churchill, who loved to recite it from memory.

Then out spake brave Horatius,
The Captain of the gate:
"To every man upon this earth
Death cometh soon or late.
And how can man die better
Than facing fearful odds,
For the ashes of his fathers,
and the temples of his gods."



hooblie

climber
from out where the anecdotes roam
Nov 17, 2012 - 09:22pm PT
here's a video documentary by the bbc on the raid. it's heartstopping to consider the possible outcome had these men failed. how does one say thank you for such a deed?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nwbiRrVAJzw
MisterE

Social climber
Nov 17, 2012 - 10:25pm PT
Thanks for the story link, Hooblie.

it's heartstopping to consider the possible outcome had these men failed. how does one say thank you for such a deed?

True heroes, indeed.

Tami

Social climber
Canada
Nov 17, 2012 - 10:26pm PT
+++++++++++
Reilly

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
Nov 17, 2012 - 10:47pm PT
A great and very brave man he was. The raid was certainly important although
the Nazis were really not that close to producing a bomb. Hitler thought
it nonsense and so it wasn't funded or supported very seriously.
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