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And the sense of emptiness and loss at RAF Scampton when men failed to return From RAF personnel and civilians to Germans who witnessed the raid this landmark oral history collection paints a moving and personal picture of one of the most famous operations of the Second World War. I thought this book was great and was different from anything I had read before To hear from so many different people who were involved in the build up and how they felt after was fascinating It also had the added extra of hearing about the attack from the other side which is rare

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Dambusters

On the th May nineteen Lancaster bomber crews gathered at a remote RAF station in Lincolnshire for a mission of extraordinary daring and high risk a night raid on three crucial and heavily defended dams deep in the German industrial heartland The raiders would have to fly across. This is an example of how oral histories should be compiled Various sources are interviewed and their excerpts are arranged chronologically to present the story of the famous raid on the Mohner and Eder Dams which powered the German Ruhr industrial area Various phases are covered from the conceptualization recruitment execution and aftermath of the raid Interestingly also includes interviews with German victims of the raids to show the impact of the raid Recommended

Summary Dambusters

Occupied Europe at a perilously low level and drop their bombs at a mere feet above the water to destroy the dam walls Eight planes never returnedBestselling author Max Arthur has collected together first hand accounts of the preparation practise organisation and the raid itself. Suadron 617 has been heralded since WWII for their mission against the Ruhr Valley dams The mission included cutting edge technology great planning flawless timing and bravery of the highest sort Many participants died What Max Arthur has done is cobble together accounts of the mission from the pilots and air crews the ground crews various support staff planners scientists and even German military and civilians who were the victims of the attack Like some oral histories especially those that have a lot of participants there is a bit of repetition but in this case it can not be avoided because each retelling of tiny portions of events contained naturally shared experiences But each retelling adds a little something extra It is a thorough examination of one of the benchmark events of the war and is a very enjoyable read


10 thoughts on “Dambusters

  1. says:

    In just the last decade there has been no shortage of books published covering the Dambusters raid of 16 17 May 1943 Not surprising considering the technical wizardry alone A six ton bomb shaped like an oil drum set to be spun up at 500rpm anticlockwise before dropping a precise distance from the walls of the dams from a height of just 60

  2. says:

    This is an example of how oral histories should be compiled Various sources are interviewed and their excerpts ar

  3. says:

    I am uite a fan of books on World War II but I have never read anything uite like this I've read the 6 volumes of Churchill's The Second World War book series with much of the writing from one persons point of view This work is completely unlike that Firstly and most importantly this is an oral history with both German and Allied voices To

  4. says:

    Arthur's oral histories are always well worth reading; in the case of 617 Suadron he's done what few others have

  5. says:

    Suadron 617 has been heralded since WWII for their mission against the Ruhr Valley dams The mission included cutt

  6. says:

    I am really interested in anything to do with WWII era Britain and Germany and Cold War era Berlin and so I had to pick this book up when I saw it for sale in a local shop This is uite unlike anything else I've ever read in

  7. says:

    I can't believe I paid money for this book It is utterly unreadable It is composed in little paragraphs of oral interviews The story of the r

  8. says:

    A great book that weaves together the recollections of many of those involved in the Dambusters' raid There's no

  9. says:

    I thought this book was great and was different from anything I had read before To hear from so many different people who were involved in the build up and how they felt after was fascinating It also had the adde

  10. says:

    A DAM GOOD READ One of the best wartime books I've had the pleasure to readYou are there being shot at wondering i

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