Chastise: The Dambusters Story 1943

Chastise: The Dambusters Story 1943

Operation Chastise, the destruction of the Mohne and Eder dams in north-west Germany by the RAF’s 617 Squadron on the night of 16/17 May 1943, was an epic that has passed into Britain’s national legend.Max Hastings grew up embracing the story, the classic 1955 movie and the memory of Guy Gibson, the 24-year-old wing-commander who led the raid. In the 21st Century, however,...

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Title:Chastise: The Dambusters Story 1943
Author:Max Hastings
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Chastise: The Dambusters Story 1943 Reviews

  • Teresa
    Superb history of the 'Dambusters' raid, giving all sides of the story from Barnes Wallis' struggles to get Upkeep right, to the training of the pilots and crew who were to deliver it, to the devasting consequences, of the flood waters, released when the dams were breached. Immensely readable and as...
  • Lee
    Just when you thought that all that could have been written about the raid on the Ruhr dams, along comes Max Hastings to prove otherwise. His book tells not only the history of the technical challenges, and how the attraction of the targets was foreseen by both British and German air ministries befo...
  • Timothy
    A superb and balanced account of a famously heroic raid. Hastings is excellent at reporting the bigger picture and bringing in thoughts and factors that other writers miss. At the same time he adds personal details that bring the narrative alive and bring it back down to a human level. Chastise expl...
  • Laura
    I couldn’t put this down, which is rare for me with non fiction. The chronological order helps place the action & the operation itself is written in such a way that you have to keep reading. There is enough scientific content to give context but doesn’t make the topic difficult to comprehe...
  • Gerard Ilott
    Max Hastings provides a rather dry read, but an important one. I found it useful to remove the fallacy from the story, because the bravery of the people involved shines through even more. There is also due respect given to those who suffered as a result of the flooding—civilians and forced labo...
  • Eric Grounds
    The pilots and their crews were very brave young men, of that there is no doubt. But this book shows all too clearly how the leaders (Portal and Harris) under-performed. The failure to capitalise on the destruction of the dams was a very poor strategic and operational mistake. Max Hastings has produ...
  • Jason Wilson
    Via Audible.Solid account of the Dambusters which lays some myths to rest. The raids were , partly due to ineffective British follow up, not the detriment to the nazis that they could have been, though it counted well enough. Though we like films about Individuas vs faceless beaurocracy ( eg the dam...
  • ErnstG
    An easy-reading re-telling of the story of the Dam Busters. Max Hastings writes well and has done his homework. Some fascinating pencil portraits, for instance of Gibson and his dysfunctional background, of Harris (every story needs a villian and he is Hastings's), of Wallis.A rather laboured afterw...

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