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    Jon Cooksey(Author)

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By March 1942, mainland France had been under German occupation for almost two years. Every month that passed saw Germany bolster her defences against an expected allied invasion. Every month that passed saw Germany tighten her grip on Britain's transatlantic lifeline; menacing allied shipping from the French west coast ports. At St Nazaire on the Loire estuary, the vast Normandie dry dock was the only one capable of holding the mighty battleship Tirpitz, still at large and free to hunt allied ships. Something had to be done. Operation Chariot was conceived; an audacious plan to mount a large-scale commando raid on the Normandie dock using a loaned US destroyer packed with high explosive as a battering ram. For the Germans at St Nazaire the invasion came earlier than expected. In the dead of night British commandos were landed and swarmed over the quaysides to destroy key installations. Grit, determination and training carried them forward to accomplish their mission at a heavy price in dead, wounded and captured. The award of more than eighty decorations for the raid - including five VCs - bore witness to the ferocity of the struggle to strike at the Germans in France.

Jon Cooksey is a leading military historian who takes a special interest in the history of the world wars. He is the editor of Stand To!, the journal of the Western Front Association, and he is an experienced battlefield guide. His books include The Barnsley Pals, Calais, Harry's War and, as editor, Blood and Iron. Jerry Murland followed a successful career as a teacher and since taking early retirement he has devoted his time to researching and writing about the Great War. His books include Retreat and Rearguard 1914, The Battle on the Aisne 1914, Aristocrats Go to War and Retreat and Rearguard: Somme 1918. Jon Cooksey and Jerry Murland are the joint authors of all the volumes in the Battle Lines series.

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  • PDF | 144 pages
  • Jon Cooksey(Author)
  • Leo Cooper Ltd; First Paperback Edition edition (20 Jan. 2004)
  • English
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  • By Thomas Raymann on 21 July 2008

    The Osprey Campaign book on St.Nazaire was not a bad number, but this book certainly overshadows it by far.Great maps and fluid writing make you feel the authors interest in the subject.Save your money on the Osprey get this one by all means!

  • By Mr. R. Willis on 19 April 2011

    Living near Falmouth, the departure point for operation Chariot, I was anxiously to read more about this operation which earned five of the participants VCs.This book has excellent text and good maps and makes you wonder how men could carry on to their objectives given fierce enemy fire and the flimsy boats many of the commandos arrived in. It is clear reading this that the odds were firmly stacked against a safe return for many of the men involved: what heroes.Next time I stand on the Prince of Wales pier near the plaques commemorating the recipients of the VCs I will understand something of what they achieved and went through.This book stands as a worthy record of the operation; an excellent read.

  • By phil green on 5 January 2015

    Awfull rehashed account of an unbelievable operation. Nothing new to offer, lazy piece of literature.

  • By Cath C on 14 July 2015

    Having recently visited St Nazaire on a battlefield tour looking at the role of commandos in World War two I wanted a book to look back on when I returned. Its an excellent book with lots of diagrams and photos explaining the layout of the dock and the way the operation happened. I particularly like the pen portraits and short biographies of individual servicemen who played important parts in the mission.

  • By Nuno on 21 January 2013

    this is one of the best about operation chariot, with a lot of maps, foreground, images, real and back in the time, all that you need to know.

  • By Rebecca on 27 January 2014

    Good book my boyfriend loved it. I didn't read it myself but seen the documentary it was very interesting :)

  • By Julie Bloomer on 9 December 2016

    After visiting St. Nazaire recently, I think my husband will enjoy this book.

  • By MadMel13 on 26 June 2016

    Great read


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