Osprey's Big Reveal: Raid

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It's the moment you've all been waiting for, RAID is back in 2018 with one very exciting title! 

Heroics at Telemark: Sabotaging Hitler's atomic bomb, Norway 1942–44

In May 1941, Norwegian Section of SOE received a dossier warning of the dangers of a hydroelectric fertiliser plant in Norway – for this plant, Vemork, also produced heavy water, an essential part of making plutonium for nuclear weapons. When the Germans overran Norway the entire stock had been smuggled out of the country, but the plant was intact and soon producing heavy water again, destined for the German nuclear programme.

Despite the difficulties of getting to and operating in such a remote, hostile area, SOE Norway Section decided it had to destroy the plant. Operation Grouse inserted ski-borne Norwegian commandos to establish a presence on the harsh plateau; followed by glider-borne engineers to attack the plant. But the gliders and a Halifax tug crashed en route, and the survivors were found and shot.

Despite the massive increase in security around the plant, SOE tried again. Operation Gunnerside infiltrated another six ski-borne commandos, who got past the 300 heavily armed guards through a ravine the Germans thought impassable, blew up the electrolysis cells, and escaped the way they had come, evading the pursuing Germans on skis. The plant was later bombed from the air, and then a ferry carrying the last heavy water to Germany was sabotaged and sunk as it crossed a deep lake.

At the war’s end, despite the damage that SOE caused in Norway, a plant in Bavaria was discovered that nearly had enough heavy water to develop a bomb. In the opinion of the SOE historian M.R.D. Foot the raid was of ‘cardinal importance’ and alone justified the existence of the organisation.

Heroics at Telemark

What do you make of RAID 50? Do let us know if this will be joining your Osprey collection. Also. who else loves the cover as much as we do? 

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Hessy Field posted on 24 Aug 2017 18:24:41
I'm not always a big fan of the RAID series - however, this is certainly a worthwhile title!
Paintybeard posted on 24 Aug 2017 07:03:33
Hurrah! Raid is back! And such a good choice of title too. I imagine that this is a toe-in-the-water by Osprey to see good the sales figures are. They can rely on me to get a copy and I hope that many more are sold so that we continue to see at least occasional additions to this excellent series.
Tarawa90 posted on 24 Aug 2017 00:45:27
Good to see RAID returning. So sad it's only one book but definitely looking forward to it.
KenA posted on 23 Aug 2017 23:58:24
Absolutely delighted to see the return of Raid. This is a great title and one that I’ll be getting. The only disappointment is that there is only one Raid title scheduled for next year when, as others have noted, there are many other raids waiting to be covered. I look forward to many more Raid titles in 2019 and beyond.
C-Bone posted on 23 Aug 2017 21:36:01
Glad to see RAID is back. Telemark is definitely a great choice. What month of the year is this coming out?
Also, I hope we see more RAIDS over the years. So many topics left to cover!
Green Arrow posted on 23 Aug 2017 20:34:54
Very excited about this one!
GI Gene posted on 23 Aug 2017 18:11:19
Interesting title and that is indeed an action packed cover!
I'm glad Raid is back.
Funny that The Heroes of Telemark was on television the other night...
AdamC posted on 23 Aug 2017 16:30:02
Great title guys!!! I’ll be picking up a copy of that one. Nice to see Raid making a return too. Keep those lists coming!!!
birdman posted on 23 Aug 2017 16:26:05
Yes, I will add this to my collection which will give me all 50 of the Raid series.

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