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MB_Avro_UK
03-24-2007, 06:26 PM
hi all,

This was a suicidal British mission to destroy the lock gates at St Nazaire harbour in southern France in 1942.

A lend-lease US WW1 Destroyer was packed with explosives to destroy the safe harbour that would have been used by the German Tirpitz battleship.

The harbour and installations were destroyed but at a huge loss to the British Commandos and Royal Navy sailors.

The German Garrison were so impressed that they complemented first hand the exploits of the Commandos and Sailors.

http://www.combinedops.com/St%20Nazaire.htm

The local French people remember their sacrifices every year http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

The Operation gave hope not only to the Brits but also to those in France and elsewhere.

Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

MB_Avro_UK
03-24-2007, 06:26 PM
hi all,

This was a suicidal British mission to destroy the lock gates at St Nazaire harbour in southern France in 1942.

A lend-lease US WW1 Destroyer was packed with explosives to destroy the safe harbour that would have been used by the German Tirpitz battleship.

The harbour and installations were destroyed but at a huge loss to the British Commandos and Royal Navy sailors.

The German Garrison were so impressed that they complemented first hand the exploits of the Commandos and Sailors.

http://www.combinedops.com/St%20Nazaire.htm

The local French people remember their sacrifices every year http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

The Operation gave hope not only to the Brits but also to those in France and elsewhere.

Best Regards,
MB_Avro.

Waldo.Pepper
03-24-2007, 07:03 PM
I didn't forget. Sounds like the local French didn't either.

sukebeboy
03-24-2007, 07:20 PM
here is a good documentary about the raid.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPDo2pT9xpM

LStarosta
03-24-2007, 07:30 PM
This exploit needs to be fixed.

Beaufort-RAF
03-24-2007, 09:11 PM
Recommend two good books on it, 'Storming St Nazaire' (Dorrian) and 'The Greatest Raid of All' (Lucas Phillips).

The.Tyke
03-25-2007, 03:21 AM
Excellent Jeremy Clarkson documentary on BBC2 about the raid last night !

x6BL_Brando
03-25-2007, 05:30 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">a suicidal British mission </div></BLOCKQUOTE> ...has a strange sort of ring to it. In fact the exit strategy had been worked out and might have been successful had the German response not been so effective. The destroyer was packed with explosives yes, but the crew disembarked and so on. The rules of warfare were followed by both sides
Highly daring would be a better description I think; suicidal evokes a wholly more sinister image in these troubled times and threatens to denigrate the memory of a very brave and determined exploit.

Just my thought,

B

general_kalle
03-25-2007, 10:10 AM
i agree x6BL_Brando

btw. have you seen that theres plenty of interesting Documentaries on Youtube

stathem
03-25-2007, 10:34 AM
I have the book "The Greatest Raid..", and also saw the Clarkson doco...

Although we usually look down on TV documentaries, one thing it did really well, and that's hearing the Veterans speak. You can never really get that across in a book. Very moving. Highly recommended.

Bo_Nidle
03-25-2007, 10:43 AM
I chanced across the Jeremy Clarkson documentary last night and thought it was very good indeed.

I have seen other documentaries on the raid but thought this was presented in the most involving way.

I could understand the reticence of the other forces in committing their assets to what must have looked like the most lunatic plan when it was presented to them.

But it certainly worked! The Tirpitz was effectively eliminated as a threat to allied shipping and 617 Squadron finished her off in a Norwegian fiord.

Why oh why can we not have a movie about this? They don't come much more heroic or dramatic.

I love the part when the German officer is asking one of the senior British officers captured (I think it was the Captain of HMS Campbelltown) what they thought they could possibly have achieved in ramming the gates in that fashion and at that moment it explodes destroying the gates so thoroughly.

I always imagine the RN Captain having this expression on his face http://arbyte.us/blog_archive/2005/11/drevil_million_dollars.jpg

An unbelievably daring mission carried out by daring men with a true display of warrior respect on both sides.