Britain's Most Daring WW2 Raid


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Britain's Most Daring WW2 Raid



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  1. Well, 19 bombers, the most experienced crew, trained in what? One week? Destroying some factories and killing POW. Against dam that was rebuild in 5 months, by another bunch of POW. I do appreciate engineering fit, but the conclusion was a bit of stretch, wasn't it? I bet there is plenty of operations that brought more benefits for the war effort while expending the same or fewer assets.

  2. Bomber Harris, the RAF chief, was against precision attacks. Was he right? Well, the Dam busters were a brilliant group of pilots, but their service there meant they were out of nightly combat service. Several of the best were lost attacking the dams. More to the point, per Albert Speer, the Germans recovered and the dams were restored. He faulted us for never returning to any such location, stopping restoration with a simple follow-up attack…

  3. Bomber Harris(RAF chief) was against these type of precision raids, calling them costly and ultimately not worth it. Though it was dramatic and partially successful, it cost the RAF some wonderful pilots. Also, per Albert Speer, it was not as successful as it could have been. He said if we had returned in any form to follow-up, the Germans would've had a real problem. But we didn't and they somehow repaired the dams enough to capture the required rainfall.

  4. USSR 1943. In my native village, the retreating Germans are resting. My great-grandfather sees a very young German soldier crying and suffering from grief near his house. My great-grandfather came up to him and asked him what was the matter (my great-grandfather was a participant in the First World War and knew some phrases in German), a German soldier told him that his entire family (parents, brothers and sisters) had died as a result of the Allied bombing. My great-grandfather comforted the young soldier as best he could. Then this German unit left, the further fate of this German soldier is unknown…

  5. It's kinda funny, how names of Landmarks change from german to Englisch

    In english it's just the "Eder-Dam", so a Dam in the river Eder. In German, the structure is called "Edertalsperre", a word composed of "Eder" (the River) and "Talsperre" (which describes the dam, Power house, turbines, etc, but if seen technically NOT the lake behind).

  6. I had never seen something from this channel, but got this Video in my recommended and my stupid brain went "Wait a Minute… I know this Dam in the Thumbnail!"

    Funny if you think about it, but in our current time, the Edersee (the lake formed by the Eder dam) is every year at least once nearly empty, because the Water is needed to keep the river Weser viable for shipping and the german summers get increasingly hotter and more dry

    There are the ruins of a few villages in the lake, which are real tourist Magnets, whenever the water line drops enough

  7. I disagree with your assessment of the impact of the mission. As you mentioned the dam was restored quickly, but the amount of resources was probably small. The original materials were used to repair it and the workers were a few thousand forced labourers. As an indication that the impact was smaller than expected, you should consider that the Allies never attacked such a dam or the industry in that region until the end of the war. Britain and the US then shifted the strategy to bomb cities on a large scale with the target to burn them down and demoralize and no longer attacked industrial targets.

    The achilles heels of the German war effort were always 1. the country basically has no natural resources except for coal and 2. the country has almost no natural boundaries. That's why the Prussian and later German strategy had to be to win wars quickly because the geography and geopolitical situation does not allow long drawn out campaigns.

  8. This bombing raid murdered many english&french Prisoners by flood wave:
    – 750 were killed in a Camp directly below the edersee dam!
    – 530 Prisoners died at Camp Möhnewiesen
    – The bombers lost 53 of the 133 crew

    What a sad massacre for the allies.

    The economic damage was very low: Production, water and energysupply reached the Levels before the bombing only a month later.

    So the Mission was a bloody failure, most of the cassulties were english and french Prisoners :/

  9. I was pleased to see that you pointed out that although the dams were repaired in 5 months, the diversion of labour and materials was immense & delayed the reinforcement of the Atlantic Wall so much that D-Day was ultimately the success it was.
    You've gained another subscriber.

  10. Skip bombing in the Pacific was the result of a total lack of effective, working, dependable torpedoes that neither worked from PT boats, Submarines, Destroyers nor Aircraft dependably. The US Navy salvoed off 24 at Tassafaranga, 30 at Blackett Strait, and 78 at Surigao Strait without getting one hit, the vast majority never exploding at all. Duds, all for the price of a four-bedroom house in California, for each one of them, and no investigation afterward. Thank the MIC for the F35 too. Now you know why the Guadalcanal/Solomon campaign is known as Americas' Verdun and the war stretched out for four and a half years.

  11. The water flows towards the east. There was no damage in the Ruhr valley as far as I understand
    Apparently, the harm in the German war machine was minimal. Some water got to Kassel but didn't hurt any factory

  12. Excellent work again but you did say that one of the up keep modifications was the removalvof the ventral guns the Lancaster didn't have these fitted. Unlike the US bombers kindest regards mickT

  13. One thing to mention is that the blue cellophane on the aircraft windows was partnered with yellow cellophane on the pilot's goggles so that they could see the instuments but not outside the aircraft and could practice 'night' flying in daylight while a second pilot or crew member could alert them if they were going to get into trouble.