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Dam Busters: The True Story of the Inventors and Airmen Who Led the Devastating Raid to Smash the German Dams in 1943
 

Dam Busters: The True Story of the Inventors and Airmen Who Led the Devastating Raid to Smash the German Dams in 1943 (Hardback)

By Holland, Professor of Law James

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The night of 16 May, 1943. Nineteen specially adapted Lancaster bombers take off from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, each with a huge 9000lb cylindrical bomb strapped underneath it. Their mission: to destroy three dams deep within the German heartland, which provide the lifeblood ... read full description below.

ISBN 9780802121691
Published 21 November 2013 by Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9780802121691
ISBN-10 0802121691
Stock Ready to ship - Less than 10 items
Publisher Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly
Imprint Grove Press / Atlantic Monthly Press
Publication Date 21 November 2013
Publication Country United States United States
Format Hardback
Author(s) By Holland, Professor of Law James
Category World History: Second World War
British & Irish History
Military History
Air Forces & Warfare
Battles & Campaigns
Weapons & Military Equipment
Number of Pages 437
Dimensions Width: 155mm
Height: 231mm
Spine: 43mm
Weight 771g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 940.5449
Catalogue Code 657846

Description of this Book

The night of 16 May, 1943. Nineteen specially adapted Lancaster bombers take off from RAF Scampton in Lincolnshire, each with a huge 9000lb 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 formation over 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.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review The Dambusters Raid was a one-of-a-kind attack, totally unlike anything that had gone before, and it finds a brilliant chronicler in James Holland, whose scholarship and erudition vividly brings that extraordinary event to life seven decades later. --Andrew Roberts, author of The Storm of War , Masters and Commanders , and A History of the English-Speaking Peoples Since 1900 <br><br><br><br>

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Author's Bio

James Holland was born in Salisbury, Wiltshire, and studied history at Durham University. A member of the British Commission for Military History and the Guild of Battlefield Guides, he also regularly contributes reviews and articles in newspapers and magazines and appears on radio. His books include Fortress Malta, Italy's Sorrow, The Battle of Britain and his fictional World War II series featuring Sergeant Jack Tanner. He lives near Salisbury with his wife, son and daughter.

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