The most famous raid of the Second World War and the subject of perhaps the greatest war movie ever made - the Dambusters.
great raid of 1943 marked the pinnacle of precision bombing by the RAF
during the war. The dropping of the bombs called for enormous skill and
expertise by the aircrew on the raid, while getting to these targets
deep inside Germany and back again required courage of the very highest
order. The technical problems to be overcome were no less tricky. Dams
are enormously strong structures, but tiny when seen from the air. How
to place a bomb in the right place had defeated the finest brains of the
world - until Barnes Wallis came along with his revolutionary idea for a
This is the story of the raid and of the meticulous planning that preceded it. Seen the film? Now read the true story.
Prelude - The Trouble with Inventer Chaps
Chapter 1 - The Dams
Chapter 2 - The Bouncing Bomb
Chapter 3 - The Squadron
Chapter 4 - The Raid
Chapter 5 - Aftermath
About the Author
James is an author of military books. He comes from a military family
that has fought in every major war since at least the Crimean War, and
probably before that. His forebears were mostly cavalrymen, though his
father served in RAF Bombver Command during World War II.
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