Norwegian SOE Commandos are parachuted
into the mountains 40 miles north of the the German ‘heavy
water’ plant at Telemark. They met up with the reconnaissance
party, that had arrived the previous October.
Nine Norwegian commandos
successfully climb down the steep gorge on one side of the German
‘heavy water’ plant at Telemark and work their way
up a 500 foot, almost sheer rock face to reach the plant on
the other side of the gorge. Undetected, they gain entrance
and successfully set and detonate their explosives, ruining
the plant. All the commandos escaped safely, without taking
or inflicting any casualties.
The U.S. commander in Europe, Lieutenant
General Frank M. Andrews is killed in air crash in Iceland.
SS day is celebrated in Oslo.
The Danish resistance blows
up an engine shed at Toender as sabotage mounts, despite Danish
King’s appeal for a halt.
A battle-damaged USAAF
B-17 Flying Fortress crash-lands in Sweden. Its ten-man crew
becomes the first of nearly 1,000 American and other Allied
airmen to be granted refuge in neutral Sweden during World War
The Swedish government
forbids all German traffic and transport from crossing over
The Danish government refuse a German
ultimatum, as the sabotage campaign reaches a crescendo.
Martial law is declared in Denmark
and the Danish Royal Family are ‘isolated’ by the
The Danish Prime Minister,
Scavenius refuses to serve under the Germans.
Soviet Deputy Foreign
Minister Vladimir Dekanozov arrives in Stockholm on an ill-defined
mission. Tipped off that the Russians were open to discussing
possible peace terms with the Third Reich, German Foreign Minister
Von Ribbentrop pleads with Hitler that he be allowed to dispatch
an envoy to at least hear what terms Stalin might be willing
to offer. Hitler, however, refuses the request and Dekanozov
departs for Moscow after waiting four days.
The RAF bomb the ‘heavy
water’ plant at Telemark, which the Germans are attempting