DEFENDING BRITAIN’S DAMS

In the wake of Operation ‘Chastise’, fears mounted about the possibility of German retaliation against important British dams

The breached Möhne Dam. The tower had a flak gun mounted on it during the ‘Chastise’ attack.
RUHR DAMS ASSOCIATION

Following destruction of the Möhne and Eder dams by No 617 Squadron, AVM Ralph Cochrane, AOC No 5 Group, observed that the Germans had been “thoroughly scared”. Albert Speer, minister of munitions, was hauled out of bed to organise the clean-up organisation and repair of the damage, which entailed the relocation of thousands of labourers and technical specialists within and beyond the Ruhr from important war-related work, including strengthening of coastal defences against allied invasion.

Become a Premium Member to Read More

This is a premium article and requires an active Key.Aero subscription to view. You can also access it if you’re subscribed to one of our Key Publishing magazines.

I’m an existing member, sign me in!

I don’t have a subscription…

Why not join our community of aviation enthusiasts? Pick one of our introductory offers and access a wealth of world-class aviation content.