St. Nazaire Raid

Operation Chariot - Channel Ports

James Dorrian

Date Published :
September 2006
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Series :
Battleground Europe
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Binding : Paperback
ISBN : 9781844153343

Dimensions : 8.5 X 5.5 inches
Stock Status : Out of stockPages : 192
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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 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.

About The Author

James Dorrian is an author and historian.

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