Germany diverts manpower to repair the Eder dam

Object Title

Germany diverts manpower to repair the Eder dam

Germany diverts manpower to repair the Eder dam

Date

1943

Reference

BEN 68

Level

Item

Scope and Content

Since RAF Bomber Command's Lancaster attack on the German dams on the night of May 16/17 1943, preparations have been made to repair the breaches. This is strong evidence of the enormous importance attached to the Eder Dam by the enemy, since it means the diversion of men from other war work on Germany's already strained labour force. Reconnaissance photograph of the Eder Dam taken on 17.7.43 two months after the successful attack shows: The Eder Dam reservoir now completely dry and the water carried by the river drained through Number Two Power House (A) Preparations are apparently being made to repair the dam, and in these early stages a light railway (B) has been constructed and there is a new hutted camp (C) probably for workmen. See annotated close up picture No. C.3729A. 25/8/43.

Numbered C.3729 (XT).

Extent

1 photograph

Access Conditions

Open access

Reproduction Conditions

Crown Copyright

Contents

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