Academic journal article Military Review

The Dambusters

Academic journal article Military Review

The Dambusters

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THE DAMBUSTERS, John Sweet man, David Coward, and Gary Johnstone, Time Warner Books, United Kingdom, 2003, 216 pages, $24.95.

Against big odds, on the night of 16-17 May 1943, 19 Lancaster bombers from the secretly commissioned 617th Royal Air Force (RAF) Squadron left England to destroy several key dams in Germany. Hydroelectric dams-invincible to the inaccuracies of high-altitude bombing-powered the Reich's war machine. The dams' destruction required a harrowing nighttime, low-altitude, skip-bomb attack that was envisioned by an engineer and executed by a valiant aircrew. Although these airmen did not have night-vision systems such as used today, they were able to avoid flak by flying at treetop level for over 6 exhausting hours. With determination, bravery, and luck (only 11 bombers survived), they breached two dams and flooded the Rhine River Valley.

The Dambusters is a definitive, captivating account of one of World War II's most remarkable nighttime raids. The authors weave a fascinating, integrated tale from the conception of the "Upkeep" bomb to its eventual destructive detonation, and they detail the effect these backspinning bombs had on both sides of the English Channel. …

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