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Dam Buster Manual: A guide to the weapons technology used against the dams and the special targets of Nazi-occupied Europe (Owners Workshop Manual) [Hardcover]

Iain Murray
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4 Aug 2011 Owners Workshop Manual
The famous dams raid in May 1943 was made possible only by the fusion of cutting-edge technology with the raw courage of a hand-picked squadron of RAF airmen. The incredible bouncing bomb, used to devastating effect by 617 Squadron on the Ruhr dams, was the vanguard of a whole train of technical developments that made this and other precision raids possible. Using the "Haynes Manual" approach, Iain Murray describes the technology behind the bouncing bomb as well as the heavily modified Lancasters that were used to deliver the weapons.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: J H Haynes & Co Ltd; First Edition edition (4 Aug 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857330152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857330154
  • Product Dimensions: 27 x 21 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 71,995 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dr Iain Murray was born in 1964 in Greenock. He is a lecturer in the School of Computing at the University of Dundee, where he teaches aspects of computing to students at all levels. His research interests include speech synthesis and communication technology.
He is the Treasurer of the Tayside & Fife Branch of the British Science Association, and a member of the organisation's national Council.
He has been interested in the work of Sir Barnes Wallis for many years, and has spoken about this research to many groups, including the Royal Aeronautical Association and the Barnes Wallis Memorial Trust.

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About the Author

Dr Iain Murray is a lecturer at the University of Dundee. He is the author of Bouncing Bomb Man (Haynes 2009) and was a consultant for the ITV drama series Foyle's War, which featured an episode about the bouncing bomb. He lives in Dundee.

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dam Busters. Haynes Owners' Workshop Manual. 11 Oct 2011
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Having already read Dr Murray's excellent first book on this subject, Bouncing-Bomb Man: The Science of Sir Barnes Wallis, I was half expecting the Haynes Dam Busters Manual to cover very similar ground. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that this new publication covers new subject matter such as the earthquake bomb raids and a very detailed look at high-level bomb aiming. For readers wondering why earthquake bombs and high-level bomb aiming have been included, 617 Squadron "The Dambusters" employed both until the end of World War II. And as the book reveals a river barrage and a dam were attacked with these weapons in late 1944, and the Sorpe dam was revisited (by 9 Squadron, RAF) in October 1944 and attacked with Tallboy bombs.

The first three chapters cover the development of the 9,250lb bouncing bomb, codenamed Upkeep, and the preparation for and execution of the raid on the Ruhr dams (Operation Chastise) by 617 Squadron, Royal Air Force. The reader is provided with many fine diagrams of weapon parts, targets, etc. I particularly like the nicely annotated Avro drawing of a Type 464 Lancaster with all the modifications required for the operation. There are also separate tables in Chapter 3 with signal code words, crew duties during the attack and a list of five secondary targets, although one of those dams mentioned was apparently attacked in error as it may have been misidentified by the crew as the Ennepe reservoir which was further up the bombing list. The description of pre-raid activities by 617 Squadron reveal some fascinating facts: in order to allow night flying training to continue during daylight blue and yellow celluloid was applied to the cockpit glazing and crew goggles respectively.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dam Good! 13 Aug 2011
Format:Hardcover
The genesis of the mines is carefully explained from a technical standpoint but it isn't too remote and deeply theoretical either. Plenty of drawings and photos for the model maker and where to go and see existing relics. The targets - and not just the dams either - are identified and they are neatly tied in to Barnes Wallis's later designs including the Tallboy bomb.

Crews and aircraft are identified wherever possible - but without glorifying war in any way. The book told me all I wanted to know about how the bombs and mines were mounted and released from the aircraft as well as their development. The only odd aspect to this book is that it is included Haynes " Owners Workshop Manual" series of books! A Tallboy is not something I would like to find in my garage at home!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book... 7 Jan 2012
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This book looks great. I say "looks" as it was a Christmas present for a friend and I a little look through it (as you do).
Seriously, the content is in great detail and so are the diagrams and photos.
Just wish I was given one for Christmas!!!
Dave.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great books 11 April 2013
By Triv
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these books are really good, loads of pictures and information, they are fascinating. they are not actual workshop manuals for the aircraft as that would be like several telephone directories worth of information but they highlight some of the technical advances relevant to each aircraft in simple terms. I like these books so much that i've decided to start collecting them. Good stuff.
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5.0 out of 5 stars DAM BUSTERS MANUAL 13 Dec 2011
By Mr. David Cookson VINE VOICE
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Excellent book - fascinating, full of information, beautifully illustrated. Worth every penny - great value. Just what I wanted. Just what I expected
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 14 July 2014
By tBL
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Not a full set of instructions to build a Lancaster, but made a lovely gift none the less.
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5.0 out of 5 stars perfect 30 April 2014
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Ideal present for any age, great information and diagrams. a pleasure to read. thoroughly recommend this to anyone . .
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