Max Hastings on the Dambusters Story

Royal Hospital Chelsea - Great Hall


Prize-winning author Max Hastings reveals the full extent of the human story behind the Dambusters legend.

The overnight destruction of the Mohne and Eder dams by the RAF’s 617 Squadron, an event which inspired the classic Dambusters movie, has always fascinated Max Hastings.

In this talk, to tie in with his captivating new book, Chastise: The Dambusters Story, Hastings suggests we see the event in a more nuanced way. The heroism of Guy Gibson, the wing-commander who led the raid, and the brilliance of Barnes Wallis, inventor of the ‘bouncing bombs’, is indisputable. However, he regards as fantasists those commanders who promised that success could shorten the war.

Hastings will describe the evolution of the bomb, and of the dambusting squadron – as well as the harrowing fate of some 1,400 civilians who perished in the resulting floods.

The evening will begin with a complimentary glass of wine, soft drink or water in the spectacular Great Hall. Doors open at 6.30pm.

This event is followed by a book signing with the author.

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