"Sorpe Dam" Langscheid Things to Do Tip by vichatherly
Langscheid Things to Do: 1 reviews and 5 photos
We went to the Sorpe dam as part of our Operation Chastise tour of the WWII Dambuster raid dams.
The Mohne and the Sorpe dams are within a short distance drive from Dortmund, which was where we were based.
This dam is really different to the of the Mohne and the Eder, which we had previously visited. This dam is an embankment dam with its concrete covered by soil. Construction began in 1926 and was completed in 1935. It is 700 meters long and 69 metres high, although most of this is underwater
According to Guy Gibson's book, "Enemy Coast Ahead" the raid on the dam was really just a diversionary to the real targets of the Mohne and the Eder. Unlike the other two dams it had to be attacked parallel to the line of the dam rather than head on. This was to make it not suitable for the bouncing bomb and so was bombed in the more conventional style. It was a very hard target to destroy but in splitting up the German defensive fighter on the night it played a significant part in the overall success of the raid.
The place today is a rather pleasant spot to have lunch take a walk and enjoy the water.