The Greatest Raid: St Nazaire, 1942: The Heroic Story of Operation Chariot - Giles Whittell
For the 80th anniversary, the first popular account of the most daring British raid of WW2.
In the darkest months of the WW2, Churchill approved what seemed to many like a suicide mission. Under orders to attack the St Nazaire U-boat base on the Atlantic seaboard, British commandos undertook the greatest raid of all , turning an old destroyer into a live bomb and using it to ram the gates of a Nazi stronghold.
Five Victoria Crosses were awarded -- more than in any similar operation. Drawing on official documents, interviews, unknown accounts and the astonished reactions of French civilians and German forces, Operation Chariot recreates in cinematic detail the hours in which the Charioteers fought and died, from Lt Gerard Brett, the curator at the V & A, to Bertie Burtinshaw, who went into battle humming There'll Always be an England, and from Lt Stuart Chant, who set the fuses with 90 seconds to escape, to the epic solo reconnaissance of the legendary Times journalist Lt Micky Burn.
Unearthing the untold human stories of Operation Chariot, Giles Whittell reveals it to be a fundamentally misconceived raid whose impact and legacy was secured by astonishing bravery.