The Dam Busters

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Pan Macmillan, Aug 1, 2009 - World War, 1939-1945 - 289 pages
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On 17th May 1943 nearly 350 million tonnes of water crashed into the valleys of the Ruhr, when the Lancasters of 617 Squadron breached the giant Moehne and Eder Dams with colossal 'blockbuster' bombs. "The Dam Busters" is the story of that raid and the squadron who carried it through. It tells how they took out the V3 rocket weapon and destroyed the "Tirpitz" in a Norwegian fjord. Again and again, the crews of 617 Squadron Bomber Command used their flying skills, their tremendous courage and Barnes Wallis' highly accurate bombs to deal devastating blows to Nazi Germany. This story is one of the classics of the Second World War, a massive bestseller that became a film.

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A classic true story about the almost legendary actions of 617 Squadron. In post-war Britain we grew up with the story; English football supporters still have a disturbing and rather anti-social ... Read full review

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After all these years and lack of a lot of technical detail because of the then classified information. It is still a very good read, exciting and informative. It should still be inspirational to those from the Commonwealth and the USA who's people were involved in the 617 squadron.

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About the author (2009)

Paul Brickhill was born in 1916 in Australia, and was a fighter pilot in the Royal Australian Air Force before becoming a Fleet Street journalist and one of the first British journalists to enter the Russian Zone of Germany. His various war books achieved immediate success. He died in 1991.

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