The Greatest Raid of All: Operation Chariot and the Mission to Destroy the Normandie Dock at St Nazaire


Author: C. E. Lucas Phillips
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Publisher: Sapere Books
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Publication Year: 2021
ISBN#: 1-80055-065-0
Pages: 366
Language: en


Keywords: History; Military; Special Forces
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'A deed of glory intimately involved in high strategy' Winston Churchill

A vivid account of the famous St Nazaire Raid that demonstrates the sheer bravery of the British Commandos and the Royal Navy. An essential read for fans of James Holland, Ant Middleton and Cornelius Ryan.

St Nazaire, 1.22 a.m. 28 March 1942.

HMS Cambeltown, supported by seventeen wooden motor launches, approached the German-held port intending to smash into the lock gates of the largest dock in the world, the Normandie Dock - Operation Chariot was in full swing.

Against vicious Nazi gunfire the commandos stormed the docks and within half an hour succeeded in their chief demolition objectives but in the heat of battle the Royal Navy had lost nearly all of its small vessels intended to carry them back to England. With their route home closed off the men were forced to fight through the town in a bid to escape German forces.

C. E. Lucas Phillips' The Greatest Raid of All draws upon numerous British, French and German eyewitness reports to uncover the astounding true story of one of the most daring attacks of World War Two in which no fewer than five Victoria Crosses were awarded.

'Exciting and moving account of a great epic' Observer

'Having been associated with practically all combined operations, from two-man raids to the planning for Normandy, I have no hesitation in saying that the finest and most profitable of the lot was your raid on St Nazaire.' Lord Mountbatten to Lieutenant Charles Newman

'told with clarity, precision, and its share of the famous British understatement.' Kirkus Reviews