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Water continues to pour through the Möhne Dam (seen from a low flying RAF photo reconnaissance Supermarine Spitfire) after it was struck the previous night by an “Upkeep” bouncing bomb dropped from a British Avro Lancaster heavy bomber during the now famous “Dambuster” raid. Ruhr, Germany. 18th of May 1943.

On 16 May Operation Chastise sends RAF Dambusters to bust the Möhne and Edersee Dams in overnight raids in Germany using specially developed bouncing bombs causing catastrophic flooding of the heavily industrialized Ruhr valley.

Photograph showing damage to the Eder dam

The breach in the dam wall made by the bouncing bomb on the "Dambusters" Raid, on the night of the May 1943

This drawing depicts how the Dambuster bombs worked during "Operation Chastise", subsequently known as 'The Dambusters' raid, which was launched from RAF Scampton, Lincoln, and carried out by No. 617 Squadron.

This drawing depicts how the Dambuster bombs worked during "Operation Chastise", subsequently known as 'The Dambusters' raid, which was launched from RAF Scampton, Lincoln, and carried out by No.

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Never before seen pictures from the making of the film The Dam Busters have been released by an historian ahead of the 70th anniversary of the famous bombing mission. The images taken behind-the-scenes and production stills give a new insight into how the crew recreated the famous 1943 mission codenamed Operation Chastise. Above: the crew members involved in the making of the film. Picture: Masons/SWNS

Unseen photographs from the making of the 1955 classic film The Dam Busters - Telegraph

Mulberry Harbour Arrmomanches Normandy 1944 - What to do with just one day in Normandy; the WW2 historian

Mulberry Harbour Arrmomanches Normandy 1944 - What to do with just one day in Normandy; the historian

A Corsair is pictured nosedown as two scuba divers take photographs and examine the wreckage, discovered seven decades after it was dumped at the site

A Corsair is pictured nosedown as two scuba divers take photographs and examine the wreckage, discovered seven decades after it was dumped at the site.

617 Squadron, RAF, “The Dambusters” was a single squadron formed during the Second World War to carry out a single special and dangerous task. That operation “Chastise” has since become a legend in the annals of military history and it possess all the traditionally admired military attributes of originality, surprise and heroism coupled with a very dramatic outcome. Operation Chastise has in many ways overshadowed the later exploits of the men who formed the squadron.

617 Squadron, RAF, “The Dambusters” was a single squadron formed during the Second World War to carry out a single special and dangerous task. That operation “Chastise” has since become a legend in the annals of military history and it possess all the traditionally admired military attributes of originality, surprise and heroism coupled with a very dramatic outcome. Operation Chastise has in many ways overshadowed the later exploits of the men who formed the squadron.

Battle of Kursk. Tiger I tanks spearhead the assault in the northern sector. German offensive: 5–16 July 1943.

German Panzer VI/Tiger I tanks passing burning buildings during the Battle of Kursk in Orel (Oryol), Russia, mid-Jul 1943

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