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HEAVY WATER (DEUTERIUM) PRESSURE VALVE & SEPARATOR FROM THE TELEMARK PLANT IN NORWAY

   

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DIMENSIONS OF THE DEVICE ARE:  6" WIDE  X  12" TALL  (WEIGHT - APPROX. 7 LBS)

Offered for sale is a piece of equipment that was actually used in Hitler's secret Atomic Bomb project (Code Name S III)! It was taken by a Norwegian local at the end of the war, after the Germans had left. A German collector bought it from the son of the Norwegian gentleman in 1967. The German was a good friend of Will Gehlen, nephew of Major General Reinhard Gehlen who was chief of the military intelligence on the Eastern Front and during the Cold War one of the most legendary spymasters. Because of his uncle, Will had connections all over Europe and in 2005 he bought this device from the relatives after his friend had passed. He sold it to our consignor a couple of years ago.

We don't know anything about the process of making of heavy water and what exactly this piece was used for, all we know is that this is some kind of pressure valve and separator that was part of the machiney that produced Deuterium. The Germans had no access to plutonium but found out that Deuterium (heavy water) can cause a chain reaction, too. Here is a very interesting website that explains this in more detail: Heavy Water and the Norwegians

Deuterium was actually used in the only fusion test the Germans performed shortly before the end of the war on 3 April 1945 at the Ohrdruf testing grounds in Thuringia. 3,000 inmates were killed in the explosion when the were used as Guinea Pigs.

a capsule of heavy water in the museum at Vemork, Norway

(for reference only, not included in the sale)

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VERY RARE ORIGINAL THIRD REICH A-BOMB PROGRAM

HEAVY WATER (DEUTERIUM) PRESSURE VALVE & SEPARATOR FROM THE TELEMARK PLANT IN NORWAY

In 1940, during World War II, Norway became occupied by the Germans. The German interest in the production of heavy water made Rjukan a well guarded facility and heavy water production was focus with a production level of 12 tons per year - the largest production in the world at the time. The German interest in heavy water was its use as a neutron moderator in nuclear reactors for the production of weapons grade plutonium which in turn made the production of an atomic bomb a possible reality for the Nazis and could end the war in their favor.

Norwegian intelligence made the allied forces plan an attack on the hydrogen factory. The first attempt in 1942 began with deployment of a 4-man forward party (code named Grouse) in the mountains which was followed up the arrival of more troops from Britain. However, this failed almost before it began when gliders carrying the troops crashed in the Hardangervidda mountains. In early 1943 a small team of Norwegian commandos (code named Gunnerside) were dropped by parachute and joined the original 4-man forward party (now referred to as
Swallow). They were successful on the 27th of February 1943 in blowing up the electrolysis equipment in the basement of the hydrogen factory at Vemork.

Unfortunately, the Germans seem to have been prepared and quickly installed new equipment that had already been produced in Berlin. Production of heavy water was soon up and running again. In November 1943, the allies bombed the Rjukan valley from the air, dropping over 700 bombs, most of which missed the hydrogen factory but claimed many civilian lives. The raid, however, made the Germans abandon further heavy water production and they then planned to move the stocks they had by heavily guarded train to Mael and the FS Hydro ferry over Lake Tinnsjø. On the night of the 20th of February 1944, the ferry was sabotaged
with a bomb - thus sinking the remaining quantities of heavy water.

In 2005, a barrel was recovered from the lake bed. Analysis showed that the water did in-fact contain higher concentrations of heavy water and the measurements tallied with the original factory logbooks. However, it is now known that the amounts were only enough for research and that the Germans were not close to developing a nuclear bomb. The whole story is told in the great film "The Heroes of Telemark".

The hydrogen and heavy water factory at Vemork in 1935. This factory was demolished in the years 1971-73 when Norsk Hydro's activites in the area were reduced and the factory became obsolete.

This device was made by Schaeffer & Budenberg GmbH in Magdeburg, Germany, a company that was well known for the manufacture of pressure gauges, and they are still in business today.

The distillation equipment for the production of heavy water in the museum. The part that is offered for sale came from the backside of a similar construction in the plant.

THIS VERY RARE ORIGINAL THIRD REICH SECRET A-BOMB PROGRAM

HEAVY WATER (DEUTERIUM) PRESSURE VALVE & SEPARATOR FROM THE TELEMARK PLANT IN NORWAY

IS OFFERED FOR SALE FOR $1,980.00 INCL. SHIPPING TO ANY ADDRESS IN THE UNITED STATES

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