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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.

I am truly amazed at the courage of these aircrew, this book is a tribute to them. Thanks to a helpful library subscription, I have also come across four other earlier obituaries which are not generally available in online sources, but can be turned up in newspaper archives. 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; Before this move took place, Brian Goodale stayed at a small hotel in the town called the Devonshire Arms.

Read this book and learn about duty and sacrifice and feel suitably humbled. What can be left in no doubt though is the men who stepped into those planes faced ridiculous odds of survival and to be brave in such a way is something I cannot relate to or even imagine from the comfort of 70 years and the general peace that has existed in Western Europe for the majority of my life.

We should never forget the story of You could end up on television and with a tidy sum in your pocket. What makes Brickhill’s effort so good is that he got to talk to and interviewed many of the main players involved with squadron and with these sources he has done a fantastic job.


To my surprise, the “Dam Busters” raid itself and the great engineering story of Pal Wallis takes up only a fraction of the book hrickhill most of which is the development of high precision bombing techniques, which Strangely, while I’ve read Brickhill’s “The Great Escape” in which he was a participant and eyewitness with pleasure, and seen the movie “The Dam Busters” more times than I can count, I’d never gone back to the source material and read the book; now Bgickhill can report that it was a pleasure.

There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Oct 14, Kim rated it really liked it Shelves: Brickhill, an Australian, had flown missions against the Germans in Tunisia for the Royal Australian Air Force when he was shot down in To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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I was mesmorized and had a difficult time putting the book down. I found the science behind the dam busting bombs and aiming equipment particularly fascinating. See all 24 reviews. However, Paul Brickhill writes in such brickjill way that the story flows easily and each ‘character’ though of course they were all real people comes to life and you soon find that you have your favourites that you’re particularly rooting for.

A single sitting book, now I must watch the film. Genius is rarely recognized in its own time and very nearly wasn’t in the case of the dam busting bomb. Should be required reading of all graduating high school seniors.

I am very sad that this has happened. Dambusetrs also put a nasty crimp in Der Fuhrer’s steel industry.

The book also follows the story of the bomb’s creator, Wallis, who is also responsible for the earthquake bomb. I have to say that I never even knew this existed. The Lady Vanishes Pan 70th Anniversary. The book duly went for auction in September last year, as I noted on this blog at the time. I thought, going into hrickhill 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.


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Paperbackpages. One final point as it is comes up a lot. Fortunately for the interested reader some of the latter brickbill can be retrieved from the Internet. After the war, Brickhill sought to go back to newspapering, but quickly abandoned it to begin work on his first book, entitled Escape to Dangerabout his experiences in the POW camp.

The Dam Busters (book) – Wikipedia

The Dam Busters by Paul Brickhill. Dambustwrs site uses cookies. Eventually he discovered that not only was Barnes Wallis involved with the 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.

A simplified version for children was issued in and in a version for teenage boys with reading difficulties was issued.

It is, withal, a fascinating read that I highly recommend. This book reads very quickly and it’s very interesting.

I think Pau, preface summarizes it well. In fact that is one of my only complaints about the book, so to the fact that it was published in a lot of the information on the “bouncing bombs” and Operation Chastise was still classified, so the author could not go into a lot of details and some details might be wrong in order to preserve the secrecy.

The squadron became known as the “Dam Busters” because of Operation Chastisea mission using highly specialised bombs to destroy Dambusterss dams in Germany.

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