The British are desperate to shorten the length of World War II and propose a daring raid to smash Germany's industrial heart. At first, the objective looks impossible until a British scientist invents an ingenious weapon capable of destroying the planned target.Written by
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Air Marshal Sir Arthur Harris wrote in December 1943, "For years we have been told that the destruction of the Mohne and Eder dams alone would be a vital blow to Germany. I have seen nothing in the present circumstances nor in the Ministry of Economic Warfare reports to show that the effort was worthwhile." In January 1945, he wrote, "The destruction of the Mohne and Eder dams was to achieve wonders. It achieved nothing compared with the effort and the loss. The material damage was negligible compared with one small area attack." See more »
When testing the use of spotlights to determine the aircraft height, a crew member is giving instructions to the pilot to carefully fly lower, but in the middle of the sequence the aircraft is seen to turn sharply to the left, which would mean the spotlights would no longer be pointing downwards and giving instructions at this point would be useless. See more »
Inspired Star Wars sequence, despite the dog's name.
It appears that the attack sequences in The Dam Busters were the direct inspiration for the attack on the Death Star in the first Star Wars film. Some of the dialogue is word-for-word, and it is very interesting to watch these two films back to back.
Also, in the original edit of the film, the dog's name (a black labrador) was a historically accurate but socially unacceptable "Nigger". One edit changed the spoken word to "Trigger," while another release cut all scenes with the offending word. This was unfortunate, because parts of the plot became unintelligible -- the dog's name was one of the code-words used during the attack.
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