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In early 1942, shipping losses in the Atlantic threatened Britain s very survival In addition to the U Boat menace, there was real concern that the mighty German battleship Tirpitz be unleashed against the vital Allied convoys Yet only the Normandie Dock at St Nazaire could take her vast size in the event of repairs being required Destroy that and the Tirpitz would beIn early 1942, shipping losses in the Atlantic threatened Britain s very survival In addition to the U Boat menace, there was real concern that the mighty German battleship Tirpitz be unleashed against the vital Allied convoys Yet only the Normandie Dock at St Nazaire could take her vast size in the event of repairs being required Destroy that and the Tirpitz would be neutralized.Thus was born Operation CHARIOT, the daring Commando raid that, while ultimately successful, proved hugely costly Using personal accounts, James Dorrian describes the background and thrilling action that resulted in the award of five Victoria Crosses.In a dramatic final twist of events, once the battle was over, the converted former US warship Campelton blew up wrecking the dock gates and killing many Germans who thought the battle was won.
Title: St Nazaire Raid: Operation CHARIOT - 1942 French Coast: Operation Chariot, Channel Ports Author: James Dorrian ISBN: 9781783406081 Page: 417 Format: Kindle Edition
Facts About The Greatest Raid of All The St Nazaire Raid On March , British forces launched one of the most daring operations of the Second World War Now known as The Greatest Raid of All , Operation Chariot was an attack on the docks at St Nazaire in German occupied France It was a feat of cunning and daring that helped to shape the war at sea. The raid on St Nazaire History Learning Site The raid on St Nazaire in March remains one of the outstanding acts of heroism in World War Two.More VC s were won during the raid than at any other operation in World War Two that took same amount of time St Nazaire, on the west coast of France, had dry docks that the Allies had to put out of action if the Battle of the Atlantic was going to be won. St Nazaire Raid Military Wiki FANDOM powered by Wikia Saint Nazaire The Best Raid of WW Massive Intel, Courage A motor launch boat still smoldering in the Loire Estuary after the Saint Nazaire Raid By Bundesarchiv CC BY SA . de Only a few of the motor launch boats managed to reach the old gates and put men ashore after the Campbeltown rammed the dock and her group of commandos stormed the facilities. St Nazaire Raid World War II Wiki FANDOM powered by Wikia The St Nazaire Raid Overview Source The St Nazaire Raid, or Operation Chariot, was a British raid on the well defended Normandie dock in St Nazaire, France It later turned out to be a success The attack was carried out by British Commandos and the Royal Navy on March , The goal of th March The Commando raid on St Nazaire The Commando raid on St Nazaire The old lend lease built American destroyer, USS Buchanan, renamed HMS Campbeltown was converted for the raid and given the approximate appearance of a German Mowe class escort vessel in the hope that this would cause the German defenders to hesitate She also had . tons of explosive packed into her bows. OPERATION CHARIOT ST NAZAIRE, COMBINED OPS OPERATION CHARIOT ST NAZAIRE th MAR Operation Chariot was an audacious Combined Operation raid on the port of St Nazaire in German occupied France.Packed with tons of high explosives, the destroyer, HMS Campbeltown, was rammed into the gates of the only dry dock capable of servicing the German battleship Tirpitz. Raid on St Nazaire warfarehistorynetwork The results of the raid are best measured in relation to its effect on the overall war effort The raid on St Nazaire occurred at a time when the Third Reich was strong and Great Britain needed a successful operation to boost morale for the long fight that lay ahead The raid achieved that goal and much . Jeremy Clarkson War Stories THE GREATEST RAID OF ALL Jan , the guardian Jeremy Clarkson tells the story of one of the most daring operations of World War II the Commando raid on the German occupied dry dock at St Nazaire in France on th March .