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They were U.S. paratroopers, Norwegian operatives, and British Commandos, Allied teams leading high-risk operations throughout Europe, Africa, and Asia to fight Hitler and turn the tide of the war. "WWII's Most Daring Raids" puts you in the heart of the action, giving you a minute-by-minute account of the most astonishing surprise attacks against the Third Reich. We forensically examine how exactly these assaults played out, through expert analysis and testimonies from the brave men who carried them out.

Sunday 9:00 PM et/pt on Smithsonian CHANNEL
1 Season, 6 Episodes
September 18, 2016
Action & Adventure, Drama, History
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  • February 17, 1943. Six Norwegian agents parachute into occupied Norway. Their task is the Norsk Hydro Plant, where the Germans are building up a supply of a chemical needed for nuclear weapons studies. If anything goes wrong, the guys are on their own, but it's absolutely imperative the Nazi's nuclear program is stopped. Despite being poorly armed and few in number, they must permeate the plant, find the heavy water cells, and destroy them. If they hope to return to Britain, they'll have to avoid capture and make their way overland to Sweden, dodging German patrols and surviving the challenges of the harsh Norwegian winter.

  • On the outskirts of Bouerat Harbor in Libya, a small group of British special forces prepare to destroy a crucial German fuel depot. The men are far behind enemy lines and success will rely on their training, courage, and luck. Major David Stirling will lead his men on a 6-day drive across German-controlled desert. At midnight the raiders will enter the harbor on foot, evading sentries, and fan across the area to plant explosives at the fuel dump and a wireless installation. The British must be quick: their explosives are primed to detonate at 2.30am and they must make their escape before the enemy is alerted.

  • Witness Lieutenant General Patton's special mission that began the Allied southern invasion of Europe.

  • A 1941 British commando raid in Norway on Nazi fish oil factories, which were being utilized to make nitroglycerin, is recalled.

  • The D-Day story of Easy Company, which parachuted behind enemy lines in the early hours of June 6, 1944. Their assignment: take out four German howitzers that threatened the Allied troops landing on Utah Beach.

  • See how Britain's Bruneval Raid of 1942 sent a message to Hitler and set a precedent for future airborne raids to come.

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