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The Dambuster Raid (Paperback)

A German View

WWII Aviation Dambusters German Forces & Weaponry in WWII

By Helmuth Euler
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Pages: 272
Illustrations: 50 black and white
ISBN: 9781526781567
Published: 28th July 2020

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Operation Chastise, the audacious RAF bombing raid that struck at the heart of industrial Germany on the 17th May 1943, brought catastrophic damage to the three dams that served the Ruhr Valley. Water and electricity supplies were disrupted in a key area of the manufacture of Germany's war munitions, and the consequences were disastrous. The German war effort was set back substantially, the Allies celebrated, and Dr. Barnes Wallis became a national hero as the designer of the famed 'bouncing bomb' that inflicted such damage.

Considered from an Allied perspective, the Dambuster Raid was a triumphant success, not only of British engineering but also of pilot endeavour. View it from the German perspective however, and an entirely new story emerges. That is precisely what we have here. In this image-heavy publication, Helmuth Euler explores all facets of the operation in fascinating detail, offering a host of illuminating insights into this much-studied event of twentieth century history.

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About Helmuth Euler

Helmuth Euler (born in 1933), is a highly-regarded non-fiction author, photographer and filmmaker, native of Werl, a district of Soest in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. He studied photography and film technology in Cologne, where he obtained his degree. He is the author of a number of books, mostly exploring wartime themes. The Dambuster Raid: A German View was originally published in German as Wasserkrieg, 17 Mai 1943: Rollbomben gegen die Mhne, Eder und Sorpestaudmme, published by Motorbuchverlag in 2007. Euler currently lives in Werl and is married to the photographer Henriette Euler.

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