Operation Chastise

Operation Chastise
Author: Max Hastings
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9780062953629
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Release: 2020-02-18
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

One of the most lauded historians of our time returns to the Second World War in this magnificent retelling of the awe-inspiring raid on German dams conducted by the Royal Army Force’s 617 Squadron. The attack on Nazi Germany’s dams on May 17, 1943, was one of the most remarkable feats in military history. The absurdly young men of the Royal Air Force’s 617 Squadron set forth in cold blood and darkness, without benefit of electronic aids, to fly lumbering heavy bombers straight and level towards a target at a height above the water less than the length of a bowling alley. Yet this story—and the later wartime experience of the 617 Squadron—has never been told in full. Max Hastings takes us back to the May 1943 raid to reveal how the truth of that night is considerably different from the popularized account most people know. The RAF had identified the Ruhr dams as strategic objectives as far back as 1938; in those five years Wing Commander Guy Gibson formed and trained the 617 Squadron. Hastings observes that while the dropping of Wallis’s mines provided the dramatic climax, only two of the eight aircraft lost came down over the dams—the rest were shot down on the flight to, or back from, the mission. And while the 617 Squadron’s valor is indisputable, the ultimate industrial damage caused by the dam raid was actually rather modest. In 1943, these brave men caught the imagination of the world and uplifted the weary spirits of the British people. Their achievement unnerved the Nazi high command, and caused them to expend large resources on dam defenses—making the mission a success. An example of Churchill’s “military theatre” at its best, what 617 Squadron did was an extraordinary and heroic achievement, and a triumph of British ingenuity and technology—a story to be told for generations to come. Operation Chastise includes three 8-page black-and-white photo inserts and 6 maps.

Operation Chastise The Raf s Most Brilliant Attack of World War II

Operation Chastise  The Raf s Most Brilliant Attack of World War II
Author: Max Hastings
Pages: 432
ISBN: 0062953613
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Release: 2022-02-15
Editor: Harper Perennial
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Best Nonfiction of 2020 -- Kirkus Reviews Now in paperback, one of the most lauded historians of our time returns to the Second World War in this magnificent retelling of the awe-inspiring raid on German dams conducted by the Royal Army Force's 617 Squadron. The attack on Nazi Germany's dams on May 17, 1943, was one of the most remarkable feats in military history. The absurdly young men of the Royal Air Force's 617 Squadron set forth in cold blood and darkness, without benefit of electronic aids, to fly lumbering heavy bombers straight and level towards a target at a height above the water less than the length of a bowling alley. Yet this story--and the later wartime experience of the 617 Squadron--has never been told in full. Max Hastings takes us back to the May 1943 raid to reveal how the truth of that night is considerably different from the popularized account most people know. The RAF had identified the Ruhr dams as strategic objectives as far back as 1938; in those five years Wing Commander Guy Gibson formed and trained the 617 Squadron. Hastings observes that while the dropping of Wallis's mines provided the dramatic climax, only two of the eight aircraft lost came down over the dams--the rest were shot down on the flight to, or back from, the mission. And while the 617 Squadron's valor is indisputable, the ultimate industrial damage caused by the dam raid was actually rather modest. In 1943, these brave men caught the imagination of the world and uplifted the weary spirits of the British people. Their achievement unnerved the Nazi high command, and caused them to expend large resources on dam defenses--making the mission a success. An example of Churchill's "military theatre" at its best, what 617 Squadron did was an extraordinary and heroic achievement, and a triumph of British ingenuity and technology--a story to be told for generations to come. Operation Chastise includes three 8-page black-and-white photo inserts and 6 maps.

Chastise The Dambusters

Chastise  The Dambusters
Author: Max Hastings
Pages: 464
ISBN: 9780008280543
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Release: 2019-09-05
Editor: HarperCollins UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER A masterly history of the Dambusters raid from bestselling and critically acclaimed Max Hastings.

Dambusters

Dambusters
Author: Doug Dildy
Pages: 80
ISBN: 9781846039355
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Release: 2012-02-20
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In May 1943 a specially established RAF squadron made its permanent imprint on military aviation history by flying a high-risk, low level, nighttime attack against German hydro-electric dams vital to the Nazi armaments industry in the Ruhr Valley. A comparatively tiny part of Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris' four-month-long "Battle of the Ruhr†? this one raid had an impact totally out of proportion to the small number of aircraft involved. It highlights the synergy of science and technology, weapons development and production, mission planning and practice, and the unflinching courage in the execution of a highly dangerous bombing raid. Furthermore, it established a legend that still resonates today.

Operation Chastise

Operation Chastise
Author: John Sweetman
Pages: 218
ISBN: STANFORD:36105081416591
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Release: 1982
Editor: Jones & Bartlett Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Omhandler Royal Air Force angreb i 1943 på dæmninger i den vestlige del af Tyskland som et led i ødelæggelsen af den tyske industri, specielt våbenindustri. Bogen beskriver udviklingen af de våben som skulle anvendes, teknik, taktik samt planlægning af angrebene, samt effekten af disse. Operation CHASTISE blev gennemført af 617 Squadron, Royal Air Force (RAF).- Dam Busters; Möhne Dam; Scorpe Dam; Eder Dam

Dam Busters

Dam Busters
Author: Ted Barris
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9781443455442
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Release: 2018-09-11
Editor: HarperCollins
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

It was a night that changed the Second World War. The secret air raid against the hydroelectric dams of Germany’s Ruhr River took years to plan, involved an untried bomb and included the best aircrews the RAF Bomber Command could muster—many of them Canadian. The raid marked the first time the Allies successfully took the war inside Nazi Germany. It was a mission that became legendary. On May 16, 1943, nineteen Lancaster bombers filled with 133 airmen took off on a night mission code-named Operation Chastise. Hand-picked and specially trained, the Lancaster crews flew at treetop level to the industrial heartland of the Third Reich and their targets—the Ruhr River dams—whose massive water reservoirs powered Nazi Germany’s military industrial complex. Each Lancaster carried an explosive that, when released just sixty feet over the reservoirs, bounced like a skipping stone to the dam, sank and exploded. The raiders breached two dams and severely damaged a third. The resulting torrent devastated power plants, factories and infrastructure a hundred miles downstream. Every one of the 133 airmen on the mission understood that the odds of survival were low. Of the nineteen bombers outbound, eight did not return. Operation Chastise cost the lives of fifty-three airmen, including fourteen Canadians. Of the sixteen RCAF men who survived, seven received military decorations. Based on personal accounts, flight logs, maps and photographs of the Canadians involved, Dam Busters recounts the dramatic story of these young Commonwealth bomber crews that were tasked with a high-risk mission against an enemy prepared to defend the Fatherland to the death.

Dam busters

Dam busters
Author: Anonim
Pages: 130
ISBN: 1907426833
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Release: 2013
Editor: Unknown
Language: en

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Dambusters

Dambusters
Author: Doug Dildy
Pages: 80
ISBN: 1846039347
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Release: 2010-11-23
Editor: Osprey Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

In May 1943, a specially established RAF squadron made its permanent imprint on military aviation history by flying a high-risk, low-level, nighttime attack against German hydro-electric dams vital to the Nazi armaments industry in the Ruhr Valley. A comparatively tiny part of Air Chief Marshal Sir Arthur Harris' four-month-long "Battle of the Ruhr," this one raid had an impact totally out of proportion to the small number of aircraft involved. It highlights the synergy of science and technology, weapons development and production, mission planning and practice, and the unflinching courage in the execution of a highly dangerous bombing raid. Furthermore, it established a legend that still resonates today.

Enemy Coast Ahead

Enemy Coast Ahead
Author: Guy Gibson
Pages: 512
ISBN: 0753197901
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Release: 2002-01
Editor: Reminiscence
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Wing Commander Guy Gibson writes affectionately about his beloved aircrews.

Target London

Target London
Author: Christy Campbell
Pages: 352
ISBN: 9780748122011
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Release: 2012-03-29
Editor: Abacus
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

During the darkest days of the Second World War, the Allies listened intently to the messages of the enemy. Every whisper built a picture of the threat to come - weapons that were terrifying in their murderous capabilities. Target London is the dramatic tale of the inception of the German V-weapons, the Allies' epic race to discover the truth about them and the rockets' effects on the streets of London. Investigative historian Christy Campbell brilliantly interweaves the many strands of this gripping episode. At the heart of this tale is London - the target of Nazi Germany's plan to crush British morale.

Breaking the Dams

Breaking the Dams
Author: Charles Foster
Pages: 208
ISBN: 9781783033577
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Release: 2008-09-22
Editor: Casemate Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

This is the story of the authors uncle, David Maltby and the crew with whom he flew on the famous Dam Raid in 1943. Just five months later, on their return from an aborted mission to bomb the Dortmund Ems Canal, they all died when their aircraft went down in the North Sea. Only Davids body was recovered, washed ashore a day later, and identified by his 18 year old sister the authors mother. David was the pilot of the fifth Lancaster, J-Johnny to drop a bomb on the Mhne Dam and cause the final breach in the dam. He was then just 23 years of age, but already had 30 operations and a D.F.C. to his name.This book tells the story of the crew, what made them join the RAF when they new the risk was so high, how fate threw them together, what it was like for one crew to take part in the raid and what happened to them in the five months between Operation Chastise and their deaths. It goes beyond the raid to look at what happened afterwards and how the families left behind were affected. Their sons, brothers and fathers might have become famous but they had to cope with life and loss in the same way as did thousands of other British families.

Operation Pedestal The Fleet that Battled to Malta 1942

Operation Pedestal  The Fleet that Battled to Malta 1942
Author: Max Hastings
Pages: 336
ISBN: 9780008364960
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Release: 2021-05-13
Editor: HarperCollins UK
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The gripping story of an epic battle at sea, from one of Britain’s most acclaimed historians of war.

The Dambusters Raid

The Dambusters Raid
Author: John Sweetman
Pages: 314
ISBN: 0304351733
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Release: 2002
Editor: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The most audacious bombing raid in history is explained in amazing detail within this text. It includes the complex design and testing of Barnes Wallis theories, including dummy runs across English and Scottish lakes and lochs.

The Complete Dambusters

The Complete Dambusters
Author: Charles Foster
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780750988483
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Release: 2018-05-08
Editor: The History Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

On 16 May 1943, nineteen Lancaster aircraft from the RAF’s 617 Squadron set off to attack the great dams in the industrial heart of Germany. Flying at a height of 60ft, they dropped a series of bombs which bounced across the water and destroyed two of their targets, thereby creating a legend. The one-off operation combined an audacious method of attack, technically brilliant flying and visually spectacular results. But while the story of Operation Chastise is well known, most of the 133 ‘Dambusters’ who took part in the Dams Raid have until now been just names on a list. They came from all parts of the UK and the Commonwealth and beyond, and each of them was someone’s son or brother, someone’s husband or father. This is the first book to present their individual stories and celebrate their skill, heroism and, for many, sacrifice.

The Dambusters

The Dambusters
Author: John Sweetman,David Coward,Gary Johnstone
Pages: 192
ISBN: 0316726184
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Release: 2003
Editor: Little Brown GBR
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

The definitive account of one of World War II’s most remarkable missions.

Bomber Command

Bomber Command
Author: Max Hastings
Pages: 400
ISBN: 9781610588638
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Release: 2013-09-15
Editor: Zenith Press
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Bomber Command's air offensive against the cities of Nazi Germany was one of the most epic campaigns of World War II. More than 56,000 British and Commonwealth aircrew and 600,000 Germans died in the course of the RAF's attempt to win the war by bombing. The struggle in the air began meekly in 1939 with only a few Whitleys, Hampdens, and Wellingtons flying blindly through the night on their ill-conceived bombing runs. It ended six years later with 1,600 Lancasters, Halifaxes, and Mosquitoes, equipped with the best of British wartime technology, blazing whole German cities in a single night. Bomber Command, through its fits and starts, grew into an effective fighting force. In Bomber Command, originally published to critical acclaim in the U.K., famed British military historian Sir Max Hastings offers a captivating analysis of the strategy and decision-making behind one of World War II’s most violent episodes. With firsthand descriptions of the experiences of aircrew from 1939 to 1945 - based on one hundred interviews with veterans - and a harrowing narrative of the experiences of Germans on the ground during the September 1944 bombing of Darmstadt, Bomber Command is widely recognized as a classic account of one of the bloodiest campaigns in World War II history. Now back in print in the U.S., this book is an essential addition to any history reader's bookshelf.

The Marshall Islands 1944

The Marshall Islands 1944
Author: Gordon L. Rottman
Pages: 96
ISBN: 9781472800145
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Release: 2013-01-20
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Following the capture of Tarawa in November 1943, American eyes turned to the Marshall Islands. These were the next vital stepping-stone across the Pacific towards Japan, and would bring the islands of Guam and Saipan within the reach of US forces. In their first amphibious attack, the new 4th Marine Division landed on Roi and Namur islands on 1 February 1944, while US 7th Division landed on Kwajalein. At the time this was the longest shore-to-shore amphibious assault in history. The lessons of the bloody fighting on Tarawa had been well learned and the successful attack on the Marshalls set the pattern for future amphibious operations in the Pacific War.

The Last British Dambuster

The Last British Dambuster
Author: George Johnny Johnson
Pages: 320
ISBN: 9780091957742
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Release: 2014-05-01
Editor: Random House
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Johnny Johnson is 92 years old and one of very few men who can recall first-hand the most daring and ingenious air raid of all time. On 16th May 1943, Johnny, alongside 132 specially selected comrades, took off from Scampton airbase in Lincolnshire. For six weeks they had been trained to fulfil one mission that was near impossible: to destroy three dams deep within Germany's Ruhr Valley. It was a daring task but, agains t the odds, Johnny and his crew survived. For the first time, Johnny relives every moment of that fatal night - and the devastating aftermath.

The Dambuster Who Cracked the Dam

The Dambuster Who Cracked the Dam
Author: Arthur G. Thorning
Pages: 192
ISBN: 9781844682126
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Release: 2008-09-22
Editor: Casemate Publishers
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

On September 25, 1939 Melvin Young reported to No. 1 Initial Training Unit. He was selected as a bomber pilot and promoted to Flying Officer. Having undertaken a Lancaster conversion course Melvin and his new crew were posted to 57 Squadron at Scampton soon to become 617 Squadron. On 15 May the Order for Operation Chastise was issued—the raid to be flown the next night, 16/17 May. The plan for the operation was that three waves of aircraft would be employed. The first wave of nine aircraft, led by Gibson, would first attack the Mohne Dam, then the Eder followed by other targets as directed by wireless from 5 Group HQ if any weapons were still available. This wave would fly in three sections of three aircraft about ten minutes apart led by Guy Gibson, Melvin Young and Henry Maudslay. At 00.43 Melvin and his crew made their attempt on the Mohne dam. Gibson recorded that Youngs weapon made three good bounces and contact. Once the dam had been breached Gibson with Melvin as his deputy led the three remaining armed aircraft towards the Eder Dam. On the return trip Melvin Young and his crew fell victim to enemy guns. At 02.58 gunners at Castricum-an-Zee reported shooting down an aircraft and several batteries also reported firing at it. A.J.-A crashed into the sea. Over the North Sea, Guy Gibson called Melvin on the radiothere was no reply.

No 617 Dambuster Sqn

No 617    Dambuster    Sqn
Author: Alex Bateman
Pages: 128
ISBN: 9781782006572
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Release: 2012-11-20
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing
Language: en

Explanation of the Book:

Most famous for the dambusting raid in the darkest days of the Second World War, the No 617 Sqn were a vastly experienced crew. It was the first, and only, squadron to use certain equipment and weapons in combat. This study covers the history of the No 617 Squadron. It explains the men, aircraft, weapons and operations of this squadron.