Dambuster attack on the Eder Dam (Edertalsperre)

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Dambuster attack on the Eder Dam (Edertalsperre)

Post by milvz » 13 Jul 2022 11:09

i live near the edersee and i am interested in the attack on the dam in may 1943.
As a result, the Edersee was massively upgraded with air defenses and some bunkers.
The destroyed eder dam was repaired in a short time of 4 months by the todt organization.

Does anyone happen to have any documents or photos of it? Many Thanks

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Re: Dambuster attack on the Eder Dam (Edertalsperre)

Post by Hans1906 » 14 Jul 2022 12:17

Hi milvz,

I last visited the "Edertalsperre" in the summer of 2015, an impressive building, very impressive.

Edersee https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edersee

Operation Chastise https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Chastise

And of course this destruction was a war crime at the time, but whoever "sows the wind will reap the storm..!"

Unfortunately, on our way across the building there were also two small "shrines" for suicides who had jumped to their deaths from the back of the wall.
Unfortunately very typical for such buildings, something like that leaves you speechless...


Hans
P.S. I am afraid of heights and it was very difficult for me personally to be there.

Just reading the story is actually pointless, you have to see these places yourself, visit them, "feel" what was once possible there.
That takes you away, you have to have been there.
„Im Leben gibt’s die Bösen und die Guten. Und die dazwischen, das sind die Bagaluten.“

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Re: Dambuster attack on the Eder Dam (Edertalsperre)

Post by Ponury » 16 Jul 2022 11:42

Hans1906 wrote:
14 Jul 2022 12:17

And of course this destruction was a war crime at the time, but whoever "sows the wind will reap the storm..!"
A war crime? I guess you're mocking yourself. And in 1939, Germany's actions in Poland were what they were? Places of execution, mass murders in Piasnica Forest and many others in 1939-45?

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Re: Dambuster attack on the Eder Dam (Edertalsperre)

Post by Hans1906 » 18 Jul 2022 10:02

A war crime? I guess you're mocking yourself. And in 1939, Germany's actions in Poland were what they were? Places of execution, mass murders in Piasnica Forest and many others in 1939-45?
Hi Ponury,

the German war crimes are undisputed, and not even the topic here.

But it is also undisputed that the Allied attacks on the German dams were terror attacks on the German civilian population.
At that time, the victims of these attacks were mostly civilians, innocent people, someone here denies that, surely not ?

Read more: https://www.lwl.org/westfaelische-gesch ... um%20Opfer.

Balancing war crimes against each other is completely pointless, all sides involved were guilty, without exception.

And nothing has changed to this day, people don't learn from their history.
Russian attacks on civilian structures in Ukraine repeat all of this, every single day...


Hans
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Re: Dambuster attack on the Eder Dam (Edertalsperre)

Post by mil-archive » 20 Sep 2022 01:52

milvz wrote:
13 Jul 2022 11:09
Does anyone happen to have any documents or photos of it? Many Thanks
Hi,

Here are some pictures showing the Edertalsperre after the "Dambusters" attack on May 17, 1943. The first page shows the damage to the dam and the following pages show the flood damage. The pictures come from one of the albums of a Major.d.Sch. Friedrich Klocke.

'Edertalsperre durch engl.minen am 17.5 1943 zerstört
Edersee von burg Waldeck aus
Am Tage nach der katastrophe'

1.jpg
'Zerstörungen in Affoldern
und in Edertal'

2.jpg
'Zerstörungen bei fritzlar
und in Kassel'

3.jpg
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