Laurier Military Speaker Series, 2019
Ted Barris, Mar. 13, 7:00pm at the LCMSDS
“Dam Busters: Canadian Airmen and the Secret Raid against Nazi Germany”
On May 16, 1943, one hundred and thirty-three airmen took off in Lancaster bombers on a night sortie, code-named “Operation Chastise.” Their targets – the Ruhr River dams whose massive water reservoirs powered Nazi Germany’s military industrial complex. Of the nineteen bombers outbound, eight did not return. Operation Chastise cost the lives of fifty-three airmen, including fourteen Canadians. Of the sixteen RCAF men who survived, seven received military decorations for valour. Barris will recount the dramatic story of these Commonwealth bomber crews tasked with the high-risk operation against an enemy prepared to defend the Fatherland to the death.
Ted Barris is an award-winning journalist, author, and broadcaster. He has written 18 best-selling non-fiction books, including Victory at Vimy and Breaking the Silence. His 17th book, The Great Escape: A Canadian Story, won the 2014 Libris Non-Fiction Book of the Year Award. Barris is a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.