The prolific Max Hastings presents his masterly account of one of the most extraordinary episodes in British history revealing for the first time the full extent of the human story behind the Dambusters legend. Operation Chastise, the overnight destruction of the Mohne and Eder dams in north-west Germany by the RAF’s 617 Squadron, was an epic that has passed into Britain’s national legend.
Chastise offers a fascinating retake on legend by a master of the art. Hastings sets the dams’ raid in the big picture of the bomber offensive and of the Second World War; of designer extraordinaire Barnes Wallis; the monstrous ‘Bomber’ Harris; the tragic pilot Guy Gibson, together with superb narrative of the action captured so memorably in the classic 1955 film The Dambusters.
Max Hastings is the author of 27 books, most about conflict, and between 1986 and 2002 served as editor-in-chief of the Daily Telegraph, then as editor of the Evening Standard. He has won many prizes both for journalism and his books, of which the most recent are The Sunday Times bestseller Vietnam, The Secret War, Catastrophe and Nemesis. He was knighted in 2002 and lives with his wife Penny in West Berkshire, where they garden enthusiastically.
Max Hastings (photo: Toby Madden)