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  • Published: 1 July 2009
  • ISBN: 9780753515730
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $29.99
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Dambusters

A Landmark Oral History




ONE OF THE MOST DARING MISSIONS OF WWII, TOLD BY THOSE WHO WERE THERE, NOW IN PAPERBACK

On the night of 16–17 May 1943, nineteen Lancaster bombers from the specially formed 617 Squadron took off from Scampton airbase. Their mission, for which they had been trained under a cloak of absolute secrecy, was to destroy the dams of Germany's Ruhr Valley and in doing so cripple the Nazi industrial war effort. It was to become one of the most famous raids of the Second World War.
For the first time, acclaimed oral historian Max Arthur has gathered together the voices of the ‘Dambusters’. These include Guy Gibson, commander of the mission, Barnes Wallis, the scientist who developed the iconic Bouncing Bomb, and the ground and air crews of 617 Squadron. These voices tell of the hard training, technical ingenuity and sheer bravery that went into every aspect of 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.

  • Pub date: 1 July 2009
  • ISBN: 9780753515730
  • Imprint: Virgin Books
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 352
  • RRP: $29.99
Categories:

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.

Previous titles include The Manchester United Air Crash; Above All Courage; Northern Ireland: Soldiers Talking; Men of the Red Beret; There Shall Be Wings: The RAF 1918 to the Present; The True Glory: The Royal Navy 1914 to Present.

Prior to becoming a writer, he served with the Royal Air Force and for some years was an actor.

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Praise for Dambusters

“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


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