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Operation Big

Operation Big was a part of the overarching Allied effort (called Operation Alsos) to capture German nuclear secrets during the final days of World War II.

In this portion of the operation, nuclear intelligence teams moved quickly from Freudenstadt through Horb to Haigerloch in southwest Germany. Troops taking part in this operation (dubbed “Task Force A”) captured a German atomic pile at Haigerloch that only needed additional heavy water to become operational.

Nearby at Hechtingen they uncovered the heavy water plant shipped from Norway after the Operation Freshman and Operation Gunnerside attacks.

The operation was conducted in April 1945.

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