St Nazaire 1942

The Great Commando Raid

St Nazaire 1942 cover

St Nazaire 1942

The Great Commando Raid

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The raid on the port of St Nazaire in March 1942 by a sea-borne task force from British Combined Operations remains one of the most daring actions of World War II. The port lies at the mouth of the River Loire and in 1942, as well as a U-Boat base, contained the massive 'Normandie' dock, the only facility on the Atlantic coast large enough to accommodate the German pocket battleship Tirpitz. This book tells the story of the raid on St Nazaire that denied the use of the dock to the Tirpitz, the sister ship of the Bismarck, and constituted a crucial victory in the Battle of the Atlantic.

Table of Contents

Background to the Raid/Chronology/Commanders/Attackers and Defenders/Planning the Raid/The Sea Journey/The Run up the Loire/Campbeltown's Attack/The Dockyard Battle/Aftermath/St Nazaire Today/Bibliography/Index

Product details

Published 25 Oct 2001
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781841762319
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 72 b/w; 25 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Campaign
Short code CAM 92
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Ken Ford


Howard Gerrard


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