Weighing in at 53,000 tons and boasting a crew of 2,000 sailors, the Tirpitz was Nazi Germany's most powerful battleship. Protected by an elite squadron of fighters, this potent symbol of Hitler's naval power seemed invincible. Despite the formidable obstacles, Winston Churchill (who dubbed the behemoth "The Beast") made its destruction a top priority. Using eyewitness accounts from the surviving Royal Air Force crew, one of the Luftwaffe fighter pilots and German sailors, THE DAMBUSTERS' GREAT ESCAPE tells the story of what was perhaps the most important and daring mission carried out by the legendary RAF squadron.
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