Operation Chastise, the Dambusters Raid, hardly needs an introduction to anyone remotely interested in military aviation history. In this 80th anniversary year, there are several new books about the raid. This slim new volume from Guideline explores different aspects of the operation, its build-up, and aftermath in a general and abbreviated manner.
Author Des Brennan will be familiar to modeling magazine readers, and he approaches the subject with a number of short chapters outlining topics including:
- The development of the Lancaster
- Short biography of Barnes Wallis, developer of the ‘bouncing bomb’
- Bomber Command and Arthur Harris
- Preparations for the Raid
- The aftermath
- And others.
It’s an interesting, if short read. Brennan does a good job distilling the essentials into a cogent narrative.