Words of Advice:

"If Something Seems To Be Too Good To Be True, It's Best To Shoot It, Just In Case." -- Fiona Glenanne

"Flying the Airplane is More Important than Radioing Your Plight to a Person on the Ground
Who is Incapable of Understanding or Doing Anything About It." -- Unknown

“Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level
and then beat you with experience.” -- Mark Twain

"Stay Strapped or Get Clapped." -- probably not Mr. Rogers

"Eck!" -- George the Cat

Monday, January 16, 2012

WW2 Recreated

The video is a teaser, click on the link to watch "Bombing Hitler's Dams."

Watch Bombing Hitler's Dams on PBS. See more from NOVA.


w3ski said...

I watched that the other night.
Talk about Big Brass Ones...
Nowadays one gps guided 500 pounder would have saved all those lives.
Back then you signed on for any hairbrained scheme they could think up. Watched another program about the "Chindigs" in Burma. What a brave but wastefull use of Human lives. War really must suck.

Cujo359 said...

Considering how little reason we had to start a war with Iraq, I'd say they still sign up for any hare-brained scheme...

Anyhow, I saw the show the other night, and liked it. It's a good documentary of how things go when you're engineering to a tight schedule, so I'd say that it even modeled the original bomb-makers' engineering process pretty well.

Marc said...

If you're on Twitter, you may want to follow WW2 Tweets from 1940 (last year was from 1939). They're livetweeting the war as it happens on this day and time, for the next few years. Nice dose of history that you'd not normally get in school.

Comrade Misfit said...

Marc, I do follow that one.

For everyone else, it is here.

Phil said...

I remember hearing about this several years ago and it looks like the same show.

I remember they had trouble with the bombs skipping clear over the dam at first.

They had to be pretty exact in their heighth, timing and air speed.

One more example of peoples ability to think outside the box when it comes to killing other people.

Anonymous said...

Interestingly, this video won't show here in Germany "due to a rights issue".

So all I can see is the still on your blog. THAT is not a Wellington!

But then, the Hollywood movie about capturing an Enigma from a German U-boat postulated an american hero instead of the Brits who actually did it :-(

Comrade Misfit said...

Stu, here is the promo. A Brit engineering professor found that there were no surviving records of how it was all done, so he recreated it. They built a dam, engineered a scale-model bomb and used a DC-4 to drop it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the promo link.

The Möhne dam is just down the road from here, bout 40 miles. If you're ever here, we can go see it (not at 60 feet though ;-)