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100 1  Hastings, Max,|eauthor. 
245 10 Operation Chastise :|bthe RAF's most brilliant attack of 
       World War II /|cMax Hastings. 
250    First U.S. edition. 
264  1 New York, NY :|bHarper, an imprint of 
       HarperCollinsPublishers,|c[2020] 
300    xxxv, 364 pages, 24 unnumbered leaves of plates :
       |billustrations, maps ;|c24 cm 
336    text|btxt|2rdacontent 
337    unmediated|bn|2rdamedia 
338    volume|bnc|2rdacarrier 
500    "Originally published as Chastise in Great Britain in 2019
       by William Collins, an imprint of HarperCollins 
       Publishers"--title page verso. 
504    Includes bibliographical references (pages 345-350) and 
       index. 
505 00 |tGrand strategy, great dams --|tThe Boffin and his bombs 
       --|tCommand and controversy --|tMen and machines --|tThe 
       brink of battle --|tChastise --|tAt the dams --|tThe 
       Möhnekatastrophe --|tHeroes --|tLandings. 
520    "The attack on Nazi Germany's dams on May 17, 1943, was 
       one of the most remarkable feats in military history. The 
       absurdly young men of the Royal Air Force's 617 Squadron 
       set forth in cold blood and darkness, without benefit of 
       electronic aids, to fly lumbering heavy bombers straight 
       and level towards a target at a height above the water 
       less than the length of a bowling alley. Yet this story--
       and the later wartime experience of the 617 Squadron--has 
       never been told in full. Max Hastings takes us back to the
       May 1943 raid to reveal how the truth of that night is 
       considerably different from the popularized account most 
       people know. The RAF had identified the Ruhr dams as 
       strategic objectives as far back as 1938; in those five 
       years Wing Commander Guy Gibson formed and trained the 617
       Squadron. Hastings observes that while the dropping of 
       Wallis's mines provided the dramatic climax, only two of 
       the eight aircraft lost came down over the dams--the rest 
       were shot down on the flight to, or back from, the 
       mission. And while the 617 Squadron's valor is 
       indisputable, the ultimate industrial damage caused by the
       dam raid was actually rather modest. In 1943, these brave 
       men caught the imagination of the world and uplifted the 
       weary spirits of the British people. Their achievement 
       unnerved the Nazi high command, and caused them to expend 
       large resources on dam defenses--making the mission a 
       success. An example of Churchill's "military theatre" at 
       its best, what 617 Squadron did was an extraordinary and 
       heroic achievement, and a triumph of British ingenuity and
       technology--a story to be told for generations to come."--
       Amazon. 
610 10 Great Britain.|bRoyal Air Force.|bSquadron, 617|xHistory. 
650  0 Operation Chastise, 1943. 
650  0 Dams|zGermany|zRuhr (Region)|xHistory|y20th century. 
650  0 World War, 1939-1945|xDestruction and pillage|zGermany
       |zRuhr (Region) 
650  0 World War, 1939-1945|xAerial operations, British. 
651  0 Ruhr (Germany : Region)|xHistory. 
730 0  Chastise. 
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