Get inside the mind of the genius behind one of the most unconventional weapons of WWII.
In 1943 a squadron of Lancaster bombers staged one of the most audacious raids in history - destroying two gigantic dams in Germany's industrial heartland and cutting the water supply to arms factories - with a revolutionary bouncing bomb invented by British engineer Barnes Wallis. Wallis and the pilots of 617 Squadron - a lively mix of Britons, Australians, Americans, and Canadians - were hailed as heroes and dealt a mighty blow to the German war machine.
Now, NOVA re-creates the extreme engineering challenges faced by Wallis and the pilots with the aid of spectacular experiments. Each represents a technical challenge that the Dambusters had to solve to make their mission a success. A crack team of experts - from dam engineers to explosives specialists - will step into the shoes of the Dambusters and attempt to overcome each obstacle in turn. They will adapt a vintage DC4 to carry a bomb the size of an oil drum; train to drop it from a dangerously low altitude in pitch darkness; get it to bounce over obstacles and onto the target; and finally, at a test site in Canada with a 1:6 scale model of one of the German dams, try to repeat history.
This DVD features…
- Descriptive Video for the Visually Impaired, and
- Subtitles in English (SDH)
Producer: Melanie Wallace, Tom Cook
Executive Producer: Paula S. Apsell, Howard Swartz
Production Year: 2011
Copyright Year: 2012
Director: Ian Duncan
Narrator: Demetri Goritsas
Writers: Ian Duncan
Subtitle Language: English (SDH)
Audio Format: Stereo
Aspect Ratio: 16x9 Widescreen