After the Flood: What the Dambusters Did Next by John Nichol

By John Nichol

In After The Flood, John Nichol retraces the trail of 617 Squadron’s most deadly sorties as their attractiveness known as them into motion back and again.

On the seventeenth may possibly 1943, 133 airmen set out in 19 Lancasters to wreck the Möhne, Eder and Sorpe dams. fifty six of them didn't go back. regardless of those catastrophic losses, the raid turned a major propaganda triumph. The survivors have been feted as heroes and have become celebrities in their time.

They have been introduced jointly for one particular job – so what occurred subsequent? Of the seventy seven males who made it domestic from that raid, 32 could lose their lives later within the conflict and simply forty five survived to work out the victory for which they fought.

Few are conscious of the level of the Dambuster squadron’s operations after the Dams Raid. They turned the ‘go to’ squadron for expert precision assaults, shedding the biggest bombs ever outfitted on battleships, railway bridges, mystery weapon institutions, rockets websites and U-boat development pens. They have been interested in makes an attempt at the lives of enemy leaders, either Hitler and Mussolini, created a ‘false fleet’ on D-day which fooled the Germans, and knocked out a German tremendous gun which might have rained six hundred shells an hour on London.

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After nightfall the German assault groups attacked again. This time they breached the barbedwire entanglements and surrounded the fort’s combat blocks. Then, in a twist of fate, Boussois’s crew fired a red flare to signal nearby Fort La Salmagne to provide defensive fire. By coincidence, the red flare was also the signal for German artillery to lay suppressive fire on the fort. With German artillery exploding among the assault troops, the attack failed and the Germans retreated. However, the French abandoned nearby Casemate L’Epinette, leaving Fort Boussois isolated.

FALL ROT: THE INVASION OF FRANCE Fall Rot was the second half of the Wehrmacht’s campaign. After the battles in Flanders and Belgium ended, Heeresgruppen A and B were ordered to attack into central France and destroy the French Army. The primary threat to German operations was a counteroffensive by French forces in Alsace and Lorraine. ) to advance to the Swiss border and trap French forces in the Vosges Mountains while AOK 16 flanked the remaining sections of the Maginot Line and seized the fortress cities of Verdun, Toul and Metz.

Linking the forts and casemates was an obstacle line with anti-tank ditches and belts of barbed wire. The Sambre River, which ran through the centre of the sector, split the defensive line into two sections. North of the river were the four forts and three interval casemates. South of the river were four casemates, three of which had AM turrets. South-west of Maubeuge was the sector’s other main fortification, a ninekilometre (six-mile) line of 13 casemates in the Mormal Forest built as a security position (position de sécurité) for field divisions of the French 1ère Armée.

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