French Interest In Heavy Water 1940

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French Interest In Heavy Water 1940

Postby Carl Schwamberger » 17 Jul 2017 05:09

Was reminded this afternoon of a story about the French obtaining Norsk Hydros entire stock of heavy water in 1940. Specifically the Army intelligence service negotiated for and obtained 185kg of heavy water, representing the entire stock possessed by Norsk Hydro.

So, my questions are:

1. This claim supported by any evidence anyone is aware of?

2. What did the French want with the heavy water?

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Re: French Interest In Heavy Water 1940

Postby Gorque » 17 Jul 2017 05:24

Hi Carl:

What did the French want with the heavy water? From Wiki: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tube_Alloys#Paris_Group

Early in 1940, the Paris Group decided on theoretical grounds that heavy water would be an ideal moderator for how they intended to use it. They asked the French Minister of Armaments to obtain as much heavy water as possible from the only source, the large Norsk Hydro hydroelectric station at Vemork in Norway.


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Re: French Interest In Heavy Water 1940

Postby Loïc » 19 Jul 2017 00:17

yes and here we have still a big evidence of that, as the mysterious prisoner "Z" was imprisoned and hidden in the jail of the city at a critical moment

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Re: French Interest In Heavy Water 1940

Postby Carl Schwamberger » 20 Jul 2017 23:14

Thanks & Merci.


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