Saturday, 31 May 2014

"What the Dambusters did next"

If you missed this on its initial broadcast, or the repeat last Monday or just now, it's available on Demand 5 till sometime in September in the UK.

It covers, as the title suggests, what 617 Squadron did after the famous Dams Raid - if you've read Paul Brickhill's book , not much of this will be new to you: the raids on the Dortmund-Ems canal, the Limoges rubber factory, the V2 and V3 sites, the Bielefeld viaduct, the U-boat pens... But it's well put together - it does omit a few nitpicky details that I'd probably have put in, but all in all it's a good little documentary.

What was new to me? I don't think I was aware that the V3 tunnels at Mimoyecques were still undamaged enough to be visited, and the presenter and a French historian just walking in to the tunnels was -- wow. Also, I don't think I'd really appreciated how the V3 was intended to work. Even as a die-hard 617 Squadron geek :D, I'd say this was worth a watch.


  1. And all of a sudden it was over! I thought it had only been on a short while. Sign of a good programme.

  2. Didn't see the programme but have visited the Mimoyecques site. It is a vast, fascinating complex but also a mass grave (the lower galleries are sealed off). There is also a memorial to Joseph Kennedy inside.

  3. If we're talking about television, (available in the UK) was on last night -- a quick introduction to Eric "Winkle" Brown.


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