Posted by: photographytuition | October 2, 2012

The Dambusters Raid

In the wilds of mid Wales is a bafflingly under promoted piece of second world war history; namely the dam that Barnes Wallace blew up to test his  ‘bouncing bomb’ theory. The experiment was a success and as a result German dams were blown up and the rest is history, as they say.

The dam still stands, with a big hole in the middle!

Click on images to enlarge.

The dam that Barnes Wallace blew up – see center of photo. I’ve no idea what the rectangular structure in the foreground is. Nikon D7000 with 16-85mm at 16mm. ISO 200, 1/180 second f8.

As you can see the site is much neglected and trees are now obscuring the area of the dam that was breached by the test explosion.

Information board about the dam. If you click on the bit on the right you should be able to read more about it. The bit on the left is in Welsh!  Nikon D7000 with 16-85mm at 24mm. ISO 200, 1/750 sec f8, Exposure +1/2 stop.

Location: the best way to find it is to ask in the Elan ValleyVisitor Centre, a few miles south west of Rhayader. It’s about a 20 minute walk from the centre.

Alternatively I could take you there on a Photography Tuition day.

To find out more see  Email me: or Tel: 01497 847183.

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