The leader of a daring World War Two raid to thwart Nazi Germany’s nuclear ambitions has died aged 99.
Joachim Roenneberg, serving behind enemy lines in his native Norway during the German occupation, in 1943 blew up a plant producing heavy water, or D2O, a hydrogen-rich substance that was key to the later development of atomic bombs.
Picked by Britain’s war-time Special Operations Executive to lead the raid when he was only 23 years old, Roenneberg was the youngest member of Operation Gunnerside, which penetrated and destroyed key parts of the heavily guarded Norsk Hydro plant.
The subject of books and documentaries as well as movies and a TV drama series, the attack took place without a single shot fired. However, Gunnerside members later described their own assault as a near-suicide mission.
Parachuting onto a snow-covered mountain plateau, the small group teamed up with a handful of other commando soldiers before skiing to their destination, penetrating the plant on foot and blowing up the heavy water production line.
foil：阻撓、挫敗。例句：She was foiled in her attempt.（她的企圖遭遇阻撓。）
penetrate：進入、滲入。例句：The rain penetrated my jacket.（雨水濕透了我的上衣。）
team up：結成一隊、合作。例句：They have teamed up for the research project.（他們合作進行這項研究計畫。）