The Dam Buster Raid

A Reappraisal, 70 Years On

Alan W. Cooper

 
Date Published :
August 2013
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
80 integrated b/w photographs/illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781781594742
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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Overview
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Seventy years ago, 133 airmen of 617 Squadron, later known as the Dambusters, set out to destroy the Ruhr Dams in Germany. This one operation amongst many carried out by Bomber Command has become one of the most well known in the whole history of WWII. Indeed, a very successful film was made about it, which became a classic, etching the dramatic events of the Dambuster raids in the minds of young and old alike. The book covers every facet of this enthralling episode.

It also works as a poignant tribute to the 53 men who were killed on the operation, as well as the men who returned from the operation but were later killed on further sorties with 617 and other squadrons. Cooper brings together various narrative threads, focusing on stories recorded in document form and acquired on a first-hand basis to give a real insight into the daily operations of the squadron.

About The Author
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Alan W Cooper joined and served in everything from the cubs to the Army cadets until when aged 17 he enlisted in the Territorial Army (2nd Monmouthshire Regiment) as a boy bandsman and served with them until 1958 when he was called for National Service with the South Wales Borderers (They of Rourke's Drift fame) but having already decided to become a regular soldier he enlisted in the 4/7th Royal Dragoon Guards band and subsequently learned to march wearing spurs. A year in the Royal Military School of Music followed and then service in Germany and Yorkshire until 1963 when he transferred to the Coldstream Guards band in London. As his interest and archives grew he decided to attempt his first book and in 1982, and had his first book 'The Men Who Breached The Dams' published. It is the story of the raid on the Ruhr dams in 1943, but from the eyes of the men who carried out this daring, and very gallant operation, their efforts, and their story. He has gone on to write many WWII history books, often with the guidance from other men who served

REVIEWS
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"...very readable book with a lot of details for the amateurs. To close off, it is rather fun to know that the ‘inventor’ of the bomb also designed Great Britain’s best airplane the R100 and Guy Gibson was operated on a boil. The writer (with more than 10 books on his name) has done a lot of research, ..."

- Aviation Reviews

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