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Please try again later. This is a book I previously owned that some vanished in the halls of time. Thus, I purchased a new copy to enjoy. This book gives the story of Barnes Wallis’ ideas of bombing that shook the experts to the core.
It also put a nasty crimp in Der Fuhrer’s steel industry. The book doesn’t end with the famous raid on the dams of the Ruhr Valley but continues on to tell of the subsequebtial raid on other prime targets in Nazi Germany. It is, withal, a fascinating read that I highly recommend. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen the movie and could not find this particular book. It reads as fiction, but every word is fact!
I am truly amazed at the courage of these aircrew, this book is a tribute to them. One person found this helpful. The book about The Raid. This book reads very quickly and it’s very interesting. Written by the man who wrote The Great Escape, this is a real winner for war buffs.
Just imagine using a 4 engine Lancaster on low level mission after low level mission, the courage these men had is hard to find in todays culture. I have a LOT of respect for these brave airmen.
A story of real men who understood evil, of brilliant minds who saved a world from a thousand years of darkness. Should be required reading of all graduating high school seniors. We should never forget the story of Back in the bad ol’ WWII days, dropping a bomb on top of a dam that was feet thick at the base, just wouldn’t get the job done.
The Dam Busters by Paul Brickhill
Plus the planes of that period could not carry more than one thousand-pounder and not even that one would provide a destructive flood over the industrial valleys downstream where the German war machine was in high gear. This book details the theory and experimentation and testing of a new kind of bomb, designed–believe it or not–to skip along the surface of the lake and sink in just the right spot to provide a seismic shock against the thick foundation of the dams.
Plus this huge thing had to be suspended underneath the bomber and had to be spinning backwards at just the right rate in order to skip. Daily bombardment of London added urgency to the project and great pressure to complete it.
These brave airmen flew repeatedly at suicidally low altitudes through thick flack and other intense German defenses to deliver the explosive canisters at just the right angle and height and speed, and even had to improvise a new bomb-sight in order to do this. Not all of them got back to the bases in England, but lots of valleys and towns and factories were washed away when the dams were blown up.
People who’ve always lived in the era of smart bombs and drone recon and unmanned rocket launchers, won’t understand this book very well. But it’s a thrilling and true re-enactment of a desperate time and a frantic response against an enemy bombing schools and hospitals in Britain every day.
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