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Dambusters

On the 17th May 1943 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 acro. 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 me this makes it one of the most interesting books on a single event I ve read We hear voices from both sides Next this is an oral history and does jump from person to person as the events unfold What is told is often overlapping and on occasion contradictory Both of these are the greatest strength of this type of work I imagine this style of book wouldn t appeal to everyone Some may find it lacks fluidity in the writing and narrative but these are voices and oral stories drawn into a single work Finally I found myself transfixed reading about an event which killed thousands Not in a romantic manner but as a factual and fascinating account of the terrible price of war and the damage to countless life which is wrought If you are interested in this event its well worth reading this to go beyond the hype and glamour of other books on the subject

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F and the sense of emptiness and loss at RAF Scampton when 52 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 Wa. 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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Ss occupied Europe at a perilously low level and drop their bombs at a mere 60 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 itsel. 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


About the Author: Max Arthur

Max Arthur is an author who specialises in first hand recollections of historical events He has worked closely with the Imperial War Museum to bring together two books in the Forgotten Voices series Forgotten Voices of the Great War and Forgotten Voices of the Second World War Prior to becoming a writer he served with the Royal Air Force and for some years was an actor



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 considerin

  2. says:

    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 e

  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 unl

  4. says:

    Arthur's oral histories are always well worth reading; in the case of 617 Suadron he's done what few others have and sought out material from the ground crews and other nonflying personnel and the comparison of their reactions to the horrific losses of the Dams raid and those of the flying personnel are a little

  5. says:

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

  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 that the author is mainly hands off in the re telling of the events of the Dam raids in Germany Instead he leaves it t

  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 T

  8. says:

    A great book that weaves together the recollections of many of those involved in the Dambusters' raid There's no attempt to editorialise or to smooth over differences in recollections and the book is better for that It probably ought not be the only book you read on the raid but it's certainly a fascinating account

  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 added extra of

  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 if you will make it back aliveIf you like war stories you will love this book Get your copy today

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