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We are absolutely thrilled to announce Max Hastings, author of Vietnam and twenty six other books will be at Thornton Hall Hotel and Spa talking about his new book Chastise.

A 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.

Max Hastings grew up embracing the story, the classic 1955 movie and the memory of Guy Gibson, the 24-year-old wing-commander who won the V.C. leading the raid. In the 21st century, however, he urges that we should review the Dambusters in more complex colours. The aircrew’s heroism was wholly authentic, as was the brilliance of Barnes Wallis, who invented the ‘bouncing bombs’. But commanders who promised the young fliers that success could shorten the war fantasised wildly. What Germans call the Mohnekatastrophe imposed on the Nazi war machine brief disruption, rather than a crippling blow.

Hastings vividly describes the evolution of the bomb, and of the squadron which broke the dams at the cost of almost half its number. But he also portrays in harrowing detail the fate of those swept away by the torrents. Some 1,400 civilians perished in the biblical floods that swept the Mohne valley, more than half of the victims Russian and Polish women, slave labourers under Hitler.

Ironically, Air Marshal Sir Arthur ‘Bomber’ Harris gained much of the credit, though he bitterly opposed Chastise as a distraction from his city-burning blitz. He also made what the author describes as the operation’s biggest mistake – the failure to launch a conventional attack on Albert Speer’s huge post-repair operation, which could have transformed the impact of Chastise, inflicting a major blow upon Ruhr industry.

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 Barnes Wallis; the monstrous Harris; the tragic Gibson, together with superb narrative of the action of one of the most extraordinary episodes in British history.

MAX HASTINGS is the author of twenty-seven 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 is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, an Honorary Fellow of King’s College, London and was knighted in 2002. He lives with his wife Penny in West Berkshire, where they garden enthusiastically.


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