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WWII's Most Daring Raids:

Why Churchill Approved a Risky Mission on a Nazi Stronghold

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Why Churchill Approved a Risky Mission on a Nazi Stronghold

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By the winter of 1941, the Allies were desperate: Nazi forces were advancing in Russia, and the Americans were ill-prepared for combat. Churchill knew he needed a very public military success to boost morale back home.

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Just a few weeks after Pearl Harbor, over 500 British Commandos raided a Nazi stronghold in Norway on a daring do-or-die mission. Their duty: to assault and destroy the Nazi fish oil factories being used to manufacture nitroglycerin, and to gather as much intelligence as possible. Relive the high-risk attack, as Britain used all three military services -- the RAF, Royal Navy, and Army -- in a combined assault that would serve as a blueprint for future Allied strikes on Nazi-occupied Europe.

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