Dam Busters

Dam Busters

The True Story of the Inventors and Airmen Who Led the Devastating Raid to Smash the German Dams in 1943

Book - 2012
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Baker & Taylor
An account of the daring May 1943 mission to destroy three heavily defended German dams documents the ten-week race to create the necessary weapons and orchestrate a bombing raid that nearly cost the lives of its pilots.

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The night of 16 May, 1943. Nineteen specially adapted Lancaster bombers take off from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, each with a huge 9000lb cylindrical bomb strapped underneath it. Their mission: to destroy three dams deep within the German heartland, which provide the lifeblood to the industries supplying the Third Reich's war machine.

From the outset it was an almost impossible task, a suicide mission: to fly low and at night in formation over many miles of enemy-occupied territory at the very limit of the Lancasters' capacity, and drop a new weapon that had never been tried operationally before from a precise height of just sixty feet from the water at some of the most heavily defended targets in Germany.

More than that, the entire operation had to be put together in less than ten weeks. When visionary aviation engineer Barnes Wallis's concept of the bouncing bomb was green lighted, he hadn't even drawn up his plans for the weapon that was to smash the dams. What followed was an incredible race against time, which, despite numerous setbacks and against huge odds, became one of the most successful and game-changing bombing raids of all time.


Baker
& Taylor

An account of the daring May 1943 mission to destroy three heavily defended German dams that supplied industries supporting the Third Reich's war machine documents the 10-week race to create the necessary weapons and orchestrate a bombing raid that nearly cost the lives of its pilots.

Publisher: New York : Atlantic Monthly Press, c2012
ISBN: 9780802121691
0802121691
Branch Call Number: 940.544941 Hol
Characteristics: xix, 437 p. : ill. (some col.), maps

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The book that proves that the victors write the history. Destroying dams is specifically named as a war crime in the Geneva Conventions. But hey, we won! And the other guys were just as bad, right? Right? Amirite?

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glen_leinweber
Feb 21, 2019

Most comprehensive of the dam busters books. Outlines nicely the time constraint and just-in-time preparations. Imagine being told nothing but, "you're doing a major, risky operation" until the very last minute. Well illustrates that success was unlikely for this desperate op. Major characters are well portrayed in light of such high expectations.

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ferm_dawg
Jun 14, 2017

A good book about a lesser know attack on the Axis. I my opinion a short story told in a long way, however, it is a emersing experience to enjoy a James Holland work. Worth your time, about 7 days will do it.

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Aug 16, 2019

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