WWII rages – Britain is losing the battle for the Atlantic;
Nazi Germany is rampant in Europe, with U-boats starving Britain into submission…
Japan is unravelling Britain’s SE Asian Empire…
Rommel unchecked in North Africa… and the Soviet Union are demanding a Second Front…
Battle of the Atlantic
“The Battle of the Atlantic was the dominating factor all through the war. Never for one moment could we forget that everything happening elsewhere… depended ultimately on its outcome.”
In the midst of this epic fight the Allies feared that Germany’s greatest battleship Tirpitz, might be deployed against convoys.
Tirpitz Firing Guns
Tirpitz was a formidable weapon of war.
An old American destroyer disguised under German Navy colours packed with explosives…
17 vulnerable wooden-hulled Motor Launches and Motor Torpedo Boats…
264 British commandos. 357 British sailors.
A Total of 621 young men willing to sacrifice their lives for their country…
On the fateful day of 28 March 1942, over 600 Commandos and Royal Navy servicemen set sail from Falmouth, Cornwall to partake in a daring raid on the port of St. Nazaire, France. Their mission – to sail undetected up the estuary to St. Nazaire disguised as German warships and destroy the largest dry dock in Europe. This vitally important mission would ensure the German’s flagship – the Tirpitz – would be unable to take part in the battle for the Atlantic.
‘Operation Chariot’ as the mission was named, is still widely considered to be ‘The Greatest Raid of All Time’.
The story is one of the most amazing but least known of World War II.