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A native of Melbourne, Brickhill had begun a career as a newspaper reporter at the Sydney Sun when war was declared in It perfectly sums up the British WWII spirit – the keep calm and carry on mentality – and highlights I thought, going into this book, that I might struggle with the technical aspects and find it a little hard-going as I’m generally not a reader of non-fiction.

Savages Pan 70th Anniversary. While doing all it could to assist his research the Air Ministry could only provided Brickhill with a small honorarium, and no guarantee of publication other than as a government produced publication. Vintage Radio Australia Well, this is extraordinary!

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Eventually he discovered that not only was Barnes Wallis involved with damnusters squadron in developing the bouncing bombs used during Operation Chastise but he had also designed the Grand Slam and Tallboy bombs used by the squadron later in the war. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. Would totally recommend it to any history nerd. Nov 21, Steve rated it it was amazing.

Jul 06, Mairead rated it it was amazing. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. He initially approached its damubsters commanding officer Leonard Cheshire, who declined citing health issues dambusfers his work commitments running a hospice.


Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Views Read Edit View history. I really enjoyed the book. The book was published in September and has remained continuous in print since then, selling over one million sales in its first 50 years.

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Subsequent feats included raids on heavily defended Nazi U-Boat pens, V-1 and V-2 secret flying bomb bases, the destruction of key bridges and aqueducts and sinking the German battleship Tirpitz.

Remember that the Commander lived in a different time and you can’t always apply modern values on historical events. Following up Pudneys recommendation, Nerney approached Brickhill in Februarywho jumped at the offer.

I have a LOT of respect for these brave airmen. Customers who bought this item also bought. 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.

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I have been scouring the interwebnet for online material about the aircrew who took part in the Dams Raid for a project I will be unveiling shortly, but in the meantime, I thought I would share the fruits of part of my research.

At some point in this stay, he lent his signed copy of The Dam Busters to the landlord. Within the narrative Brickhill introduces a list of extraordinary characters and details their objectives, obstacles, successes and failures with clarity and lack of misty-eyed nostalgia that is refreshing.

Brickhill gives an account of Barnes Wallis, a kind gentle person and his sheer stubbornness in never wanting to give up in his achievements to succeed, which of course led to the bouncing bomb, the talking boy and the grandslam bombs which ultimately led to the formation of probably the most famous squadron in the RAF, if not the world; A book I would recommend reading.


It was first released as a paperback by Pan in In her earlier email, Mrs Farnham also informed me that her brother is the same age as Simon Goodale, and was in the same form at school.

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Plus this huge thing had to be suspended underneath the bomber and had to be spinning backwards at just the right rate in order to skip.

Jan 20, Jaanus Tramberg rated it it was amazing. I don’t know how many times I’ve seen the movie and could not find this particular book. Absolutely brilliant account of the Dam Busters Squadron.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. A single sitting book, now I must watch the film. Amazon Rapids Fun stories for kids on the go. This recounts the invention and the utilisation of the bomb invented by Barnes Wallis and the brave men of Bomber Command ;aul flew in the most daring raid to blow up the Ruhr Dam. Nov 17, Graham rated it really liked it Shelves: By using this site, you agree to dambusgers Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.