Operation Chastise by Max Hastings

Genre : History
Editor : HarperCollins
Release : 2020-02-18
ISBN-13 : 9780062953629
Hardcover : 400 Pages


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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.

Genre : History
Editor : HarperCollins UK
Release : 2019-09-05
ISBN-13 : 9780008280543
Hardcover : 464 Pages


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

Dambusters by Doug Dildy

Genre : History
Editor : Bloomsbury Publishing
Release : 2012-02-20
ISBN-13 : 9781846039355
Hardcover : 80 Pages


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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 by John Sweetman

Genre : Dams
Editor : Jones & Bartlett Publishers
Release : 1982
ISBN-13 : STANFORD:36105081416591
Hardcover : 218 Pages


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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

Enemy Coast Ahead by Guy Gibson

Genre : History
Editor : Reminiscence
Release : 2002-01
ISBN-13 : 0753197901
Hardcover : 512 Pages


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Wing Commander Guy Gibson writes affectionately about his beloved aircrews.

Dam Busters by Ted Barris

Genre : History
Editor : HarperCollins
Release : 2018-09-11
ISBN-13 : 9781443455442
Hardcover : 320 Pages


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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.

The Dambusters Raid by John Sweetman

Genre : History
Editor : Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Release : 2002
ISBN-13 : 0304351733
Hardcover : 314 Pages


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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 by Charles Foster

Genre : History
Editor : The History Press
Release : 2018-05-08
ISBN-13 : 9780750988483
Hardcover : 320 Pages


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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.

Unfair Game by Michael Ashcroft

Genre : Law
Editor : Biteback Publishing
Release : 2020-06-16
ISBN-13 : 9781785906121
Hardcover : 320 Pages


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In April 2019 Lord Ashcroft published the results of his year-long investigation into South Africa’s captive-bred lion industry. Over eleven pages of a single edition of the Mail on Sunday he showed why this sickening trade, which involves appalling cruelty to the ‘King of the Savannah’ from birth to death, has become a stain on the country. Unfair Game, to be published in June 2020, features the shocking results of a new inquiry Lord Ashcroft has conducted into South Africa’s lion business. In the book, he shows how tourists are unwittingly being used to support the abuse of lions; he details how lions are being tranquilised and then hunted in enclosed spaces; he urges the British government to ban the import of captive-bred lion trophies; and he demonstrates why Asia’s insatiable appetite for lion bones has become a multimillion-dollar business linked to criminality and corruption, which now underpins South Africa's captive lion industry.

The Dambusters by John Sweetman

Genre : History
Editor : Little Brown GBR
Release : 2003
ISBN-13 : 0316726184
Hardcover : 192 Pages


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