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Book Title: The Dam Busters|
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The author of the book: Paul Brickhill
Edition: Pan Books (UK)
Date of issue: January 22nd 1999
ISBN 13: 9780330376440
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 13.85 MB
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A gripping and beautifully written account of the bravery and (some might argue) insanity displayed by the 617 squadron of the RAF during WWII, when they bombed the three main dams in Germany with a special type of bomb. That bomb sunk and then skipped over water until it reached the dam, then sunk again and created a massive crater in the structure, letting the force of the water do the rest - but that meant that pilots had to fly extremely low and in full view of enemy guns. The book also follows the story of the bomb's creator, Wallis, who is also responsible for the earthquake bomb. Going on to hail the squadron's success in bombing the Tirpitz off the coast of Norway and the V1 and V2 bunkers in France, it paints a detailed picture of the lives of these young men (20-25, some younger than that), and it reads like a thriller. Compared to other books about operations in WWII, this was published in 1969, so the pilots get a chance to say exactly what happened during their years at war. Filled with technical details, it might at times seem a bit heavy going, but the blend between science and action is useful, in my opinion. Would totally recommend it to any history nerd.
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Though The Great Escape is a novel, its basic story is true, and the novel's author Paul Brickhill (1916-91) was a participant in it. Brickhill, an Australian, had flown missions against the Germans in Tunisia for the Royal Australian Air Force when he was shot down in 1943. Locked away and bored in Silesia in Luft Stalag III, he and his fellow prisoners concocted an escape plan -- a daring idea that would result in a mass escape from the Germans. Of the 76 officers who escaped, only three were successful; Hitler himself ordered the execution of 47 of the men who were recaptured. Still, the escape remains one of the great heroic stories of World War II.
A native of Melbourne, Brickhill had begun a career as a newspaper reporter at the Sydney Sun when war was declared in 1939. His instincts as a reporter stuck with him during his incarceration by the Germans, as he collected stories from his fellow prisoners that became the foundation for his later work. After the war, Brickhill sought to go back to newspapering, but quickly abandoned it to begin work on his first book, entitled Escape to Danger (1946), about his experiences in the POW camp. From this, he drew the story of The Great Escape, published four years later.
The following year, Brickhill published The Dam Busters, an acclaimed account of pinpoint bombing raids by the 617 Squadron, followed by an anthology of POW stories entitled Escape or Die (1952) and Reach for the Sky (1954) a biography of aviator Douglas Bader.
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