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    DescriptionIn probably one of the best known and most widely told stories of the Second World War, nineteen Lancaster bombers of 617 Squadron, led by Wing Commander Guy Gibson, raided the great hydroelectric dams of western Germany in May 1943. Each Lancaster was equipped with the revolutionary bouncing bomb designed by the inventor Barnes Wallis, creator of the Wellington bomber. Designed to skip over the surface of the water, the bombs rotated at 500 rpm. They had to be dropped at a speed of 240 miles an hour and were set to explode while sinking to the base of the dam's retaining wall. It took five attempts to breach the Moehne Dam. Gibson then led the three remaining Lancasters to attack the Eder Dam. The unleashed floodwaters inundated the Ruhr valley below, killing thousands and causing German industry to grind to a halt. Eight of the nineteen aircraft involved in the raid failed to return to base. Wing Commander Gibson, only twenty-four at the time of the mission, was awarded the Victoria Cross. He was killed in action sixteen months later. In later years the strategic impact of the raid was deemed to be less than was thought at the time, but the fillip it gave to civilian and Service morale in wartime Britain was incalculable. In 1954 the raid was immortalised in The Dambusters, starring Michael Redgrave and Richard Todd, who contributes a foreword to the book. A box office success, the film has become a classic, the music score being one of the best known of all time.

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    The Dam Busters
    Breaking the Great Dams of Western Germany 16-17 May 1943
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jonathan Falconer
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 272
    Width: 210 mm
    Height: 296 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 939 g
    ISBN 13: 9780750940030
    ISBN 10: 0750940034

    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DB
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    DC22: 940.544941
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    Illustrations (some col.), col. maps, ports.
    The History Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    Sutton Publishing Ltd
    Publication date
    20 July 2005
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    Author Information
    Jonathan Falconer has written widely on RAF Bomber Command during the Second World War. His published works on the subject include Stirling at War (1991), RAF Bomber Airfields of World War Two (1992), Stirling Wings (1995), Bomber Command Handbook 1939-1945 (Sutton, 1998). Jonathan lives in Bradford-on-Avon, Wiltshire.