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The Dam Busters (Pan 70th Anniversary)
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on 28 October 2017
My reading of this account of the famous 617 Dambuster Squadron came on the heels of reading Guy Gibson's 'Enemy Coast Ahead'. The two books together provide a facinating insight to the bomber war in general and the specific contribution made by the 'Specialist' squadron 617. After reading Guy Gibson's account, I thought what a marvellous movie his book would make today. However, after reading 'The Dam Busters' I think the best modern day tribute that could be made to those brave men would, rather than a re-make, be an internationally syndicated TV series spread over enough episodes to tell the the whole war time story of 617 Squadron. I have read that there is an entire squadron of Lancaster replicas set aside in Australia for the purpose. Throw in Mosquetoes and Mustangs as bomb marker and forward air control aircraft along with 'Tall Boy' and 'Earthquake bombs' and the connection with modern day ariel warfare is complete.
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on 14 November 2017
Very informative, and goes further than the film of the same name. It doesn't end with the dams. It closely follows the work that 617 Squadron were involved in, the staff losses, changes, and the operations that they were involved in. Changes in leaders, and aircraft. Leonard Cheshire vc, being handed a brand new American Mustang fighter, nicked from the US Airforce, with a 10 minute instruction lesson, and laying target flares in France an hour later in it, for the Lancaster bombers to annihilate the V2 launch pads, gives a whole new meaning to courage. Well worth reading. Highly recommended.
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on 9 February 2018
Obviously Paul Brickhill relied heavily on Guy Gibson's "Enemy Coast Ahead" in telling the tale of 617 Squadron up to the departure of its charismatic Leader. That was perhaps inevitable. His research into the remaining war efforts of the Squadron is sound, however, and carries forward the tone set by Gibson. This is not a history for buffs who want the names of all crew members together with details of where they came from and what happened to them; frequently a name only appears when its owner is seen crashing, alas. As an overall view of the skill, dedication, achievements and spirit of this unique band of men, "The Dam Busters" reads well, however.
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on 15 April 2018
I first read this book when I was about 12 Years old some 55 Years ago! I found it just as riveting this time and am really glad that I invested in a copy, albeit some 64 Years old but in really good condition nevertheless. This really does illustrate the genius of Barnes Wallis and the bravery and skill of 617 squadron, not only with the attacks on the 3 Dams but also the development of more accurate Bombing techniques culminating in the sinking of the Tirpitz. A great book, well written, that has stood the test of time. If you're interested in this period of History and RAF Bomber command then look no further.
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on 21 September 2017
I read this years ago but so much enjoyed reading it again all generations should read it to get an understanding of the incredible courage of these men going up night after night not knowing if they would come back .so many failed to return brilliant drescriptions of the attacks on the dams and hundreds of other targets .also the genius of sir Barnes Wallis makes me so proud to be british fabulous read!!!!!
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on 27 November 2015
I read this as a teenager, and then again, and again...

It's not necessarily the most accurate account of the facts, I'm told, but it's a compelling read. Paul Brickhill writes with an easy style, intimate yet authoritative, with humour and with depth and profundity where it's needed.

And so, I read it once again, at the grand old age of fifty six. So often, things that impressed when you were young can seem pale or dated later in life, but for me, the latest reading had every bit of wonder, excitement and emotion of my teenage discovery. This, I think, is the sign of a great and timeless book.
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on 27 October 2017
A very good book about the exploits of 617 Squadron- Dam Busters during WW2.
It covers not only the raid on the Ruhr dams but also the raids on the U Boat bases, the Tirpitz, factories in Europe, and railway lines in Europe, etc.
The Bomber Boys of WW2 must never be forgotten.
I read the book during a weekend, a cracking read!
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on 17 February 2018
Fascinating reading. 617 squadron did more than just one raid. A fascinating insight into the other bombs Barnes Wallis invented and his battle to get them used. Only one squadron could deliver the goods and they did so with devestsating effect. A fascinating read.
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on 13 December 2017
A well written account of the world famous Dams raid if WW2. Lots of detail about the exploits of 617 Squadron, but well paced and never dull. A classic rue life take if adventure heroism and sacrifice
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on 17 October 2017
The story of the 617 (Dambuster) Squadron, its heroic feats and the designs and inventions of the quiet genius that was Barnes Wallis, is beautifully told, and a touching memorial to men whose like we may never see again.
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