THE GREATEST RAID OF ALL – St. Nazaire dry dock / The Cockleshell Heroes raid on Bordeaux harbour

  Jeremy Clarkson: War Stories: THE GREATEST RAID OF ALL

Published on Jan 27, 2013

THE GREATEST RAID OF ALL “What a story it is, straight out of a Commando comic book.” 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 28th March 1942. It was an operation so successful and so heroic that it resulted in the award of five Victoria Crosses and 80 other decorations for gallantry.
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The Frankton raid, as tragic as it was successful, also occurred in 1942.

Published on Dec 10, 2012

In 1942, Britain was struggling to fight back against Nazi Germany. Lacking the resources for a second front, Churchill encouraged innovative and daring new methods of combat. Enter stage left, Blondie Hasler. With a unit of twelve Royal Marine Commandos, Major Blondie Hasler believed his ‘cockleshell’ canoe could be effectively used in clandestine attacks on the enemy. Their brief was to navigate the most heavily defended estuary in Europe, to dodge searchlights, machine-gun posts and armed river-patrol craft 70 miles downriver, and then to blow up enemy shipping in Bordeaux harbour. Lord Ashdown recreates parts of the raid and explains how this experience was used in preparing for one of the greatest land invasions in history, D-day.

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