The Greatest Raid of All - Operation Chariot - St. Nazaire 27th March 1942
The Greatest Raid of All - Operation Chariot St. Nazaire 27th March 1942 British commando's raided the port of St Nazaire and rammed the dry dock gates with HMS Campbeltown packed with over 4 tons of high explosive which exploded 10 hours later destroying the dock and stopping KMS Tirpiz From using it. Very few of them returned and 5 VCs were awarded to the bravest of the brave.
HMS Atherstone (L05) 1939, was a Hunt-class destroyer of the Royal Navy. She was launched in late 1939 as the first of her class but was found to be unstable, and had to undergo significant modifications before entering service in March 1940. On 26 March 1942 Atherstone sailed from Falmouth as part of Operation Chariot, the St Nazaire Raid. This was an amphibious assault on the port of St Nazaire in France with the objective of destroying the gates of the Normandie dock by ramming them with…
Captured British commandos from the Operation Chariot raid on St. Nazaire dry dock. The Germans are unaware that HMS Campbeltown, rammed into the drydock by the commandos, is packed with explosives and will explode shortly. March 28, 1942
The old lend-lease 1919-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 4.5 tons of explosive packed into her bows. - See more at: http://ww2today.com/28th-march-1942-the-commando-raid-on-st nazaire#sthash.PoMXqq7l.dpuf Campeltown_being_converted
Lord Mountbatten held several key posts during World War Two and Winston Churchill had a high opinion of him. The exploits of his ship HMS Kelly inspired Noel Coward’s 1942 film, In Which We Serve, and as Chief of Combined Operations he was involved with the planning and organisation of a series of raids — St Nazaire, Bruneval and, controversially, Dieppe — against German military installations on the French coast.