The Dambusters raid - DVD
The story of a single, daring bombing raid carried out by a handful of skilled air crew, who were prepared to risk their lives in attacking an impossible target. It was 1943. The war in Europe hung in the balance. Germany still occupied the whole mainland of Europe, with its immensely powerful armies. The Allies, Britain and the U.S., were in no position to break through their fortifications. The only offensive strategy available to them was to bomb from the air. The RAF went by night, with its tough, battle hardened Lancaster squadrons. The U.S. 8th Air Force went by day with its fleets of heavily armed Flying Fortresses. Their task was to bomb the German industrial machine to a standstill. Throughout 1942 and 1943 the damage inflicted on the German arms’ industry was immense, but so were the losses in men and aircraft.
The decision was taken to strike powerfully at single targets that could have an overwhelmingly decisive effect on the German war effort. Thus was born the idea of The Dambusters Raid. If bombers could breach 3 major dams in North Germany, it would deprive a whole swathe of German industry of the water it needed. There was a problem though; no conventional bomb could breach the dams.
Rated E (Exempt from classification), PAL, region 4, duration 48 minutes.