Operation Chariot


St Nazaire, France
47° 16' 29.712" N, 2° 11' 57.264" W
Date commenced: 
Saturday, March 28, 1942
MGB 314


St Nazaire, France

A Combined Operations raid on the dry dock at St Nazaire led by No.2 Commando who were supported by small detachments from Nos 1, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 12 Commandos. Transported on board HMS Campbeltown which, packed with hidden explosives, rammed the dock gates, and a fleet of 18 smaller vessels, the Commandos stormed ashore and succeeded in demolishing much of the infrastructure of the dock operating mechanism. The explosives on HMS Campbetown later detonated causing severe damage to the dock and its gates.

Great gallantry was displayed by the raiders and there were many casualties amongst the Commando and Naval personnel.

The following were awarded the Victoria Cross, the United Kingdom's highest gallantry award for bravery in the face of the enemy:

Lieutenant Colonel Augustus Charles Newman, No 2 Commando

Commander Robert Edward Dudley Ryder, Royal Navy

Lieutenant Commander Stephen Haldane Beattie, Royal Navy

Sergeant Thomas Frank Durrant, No 1 Commando

Able Seaman William Alfred Savage, Royal Navy

The names of the Commandos who took part are listed here: Commando Personnel.

The names of those from the Navy  are listed here : Naval Personnel

Numerous images are in our Gallery here: St. Nazaire Gallery

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