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On the night of February 27-28, 1942, everything is ready for Operation Gunnerside. Nine of the saboteurs are led by a 23-year-old named Joachim Ronneberg, who had no military experience except for what he had learned in England. The first thing they have to figure out is how to attack the place. They have three options: they can come down from the mountains above the plant, which is littered with minefields; they can cross the single-lane suspension bridge, which is closely guarded; or they can descend to the bottom of the valley across a half-frozen river and climb a 500-foot-high cliff. They decide to climb the cliff, in the middle of the night, in the middle of winter!

Thanks to Tronstad’s planning and intelligence gathering, they knew every block, stairwell, and entry point. As a result, they were able to infiltrate the plant without an alarm, set the explosives, and blow it up. General Falkenhorst, head of German forces in Norway, called it a “brilliant coup.” –Inside the Daring Mission that Thwarted a Nazi Nuclear Bomb by Neal Bascomb

Fiction Writing Prompt: Write the story of a small attack force that changes the course of a war.

Journaling Prompt: How do you feel about war reporting?

Art Prompt: Strike force

Non-Fiction / Speechwriting Prompt: Tell your audience the story of Operation Gunnerside.

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