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    DescriptionOn the night of 16-17 May 1943, nineteen Lancaster bombers from 617 Squadron headed for Germany. Their mission, for which they had been trained under a cloak of absolute secrecy, was to destroy the dams of the Ruhr Valley and in doing so cripple the Nazi industrial war effort. It was to become one of the most famous raids of WW2. For the first time, acclaimed oral historian Max Arthur has gathered together the voices of the 'Dambusters', including Guy Gibson, commander of the mission and Barnes Wallis, who developed the iconic Bouncing Bomb. These voices tell of the hard training and sheer bravery that went into this legendary mission. We also hear from the German civilians who suffered the attack, who speak of the devastation that was wrought in their lives. This was a raid like no other, and in this extraordinary collection Max Arthur has created an enduring record of a unique event in British military history.

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    A Landmark Oral History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Max Arthur
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 250 g
    ISBN 13: 9780753515730
    ISBN 10: 0753515733

    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW, HBJD, JWG, HBTD
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25570
    DC22: 940.544941
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJH, 1D
    Thema V1.0: NHWR7, JWCM, NHD, NHWL, NHTD
    Illustrations note
    integrated B&W photos/diagrams
    Ebury Press
    Imprint name
    Virgin Books
    Publication date
    11 May 2010
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    Author Information
    Max Arthur served with the RAF and has written several bestselling oral history books including Forgotten Voices of the Great War and Forgotten Voices of the Second World War. He writes for the Independent and gives lectures on strategy and leadership.
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    "May well rival his seminal Forgotten Voices of The Great War ... hard to put down ... His precis of the complex story of how the scientist Barnes Wallis overcame all the obstacles to breaching the Dams, in which British bureaucracy proved as daunting as German efficiency, is a masterpiece of concise storytelling" Sunday Express "What a story. And I do not believe that it has ever been better told" Stephen Fry, from the foreword "Not only can Arthur make people talk; he also doesn't flinch from what he hears" Sunday Express "A gripping tale capturing the exhilaration of the expedition, while contrasting the sense of loss of 56 men of Bomber Command. A thrilling read for anyone with a nose for a good true tale" News of the World