Dam Busters: The Race to Smash the Dams, 1943 (Paperback)
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Dam Busters: The Race to Smash the Dams, 1943 (Paperback)

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Paperback 576 Pages / Published: 09/05/2013
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The night of May 16th, 1943. Nineteen specially adapted Lancaster bombers take off from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, each with a huge 9,000lb 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 formationover 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.

Publisher: Transworld Publishers Ltd
ISBN: 9780552163415
Number of pages: 576
Weight: 411 g
Dimensions: 198 x 127 x 36 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
In his previous books... Holland combined a lively style with fresh insights based on deep historical research. Those qualities shine through this new account * Literary Review *
Though it is such a well-known story, it has never been told in such depth before. James Holland has mastered every detail * Daily Mail *
Holland tells the story with gusto and pace... he has truly and brilliantly plugged an enormous gap * Mail on Sunday *

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“Gripping and heartfelt”

This is a well researched and gripping account not just of the raid itself but of the months and years leading up to it as Barnes Wallis makes his vision a reality and Squadron 617 put his theory into action, breaking... More

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