'St. Nazaire - Operation Chariot'

Date commenced: 
Saturday, March 28, 1942


St Nazaire, France
47° 16' 29.712" N, 2° 11' 57.264" W
MGB 314

St Nazaire, France

A Combined Operations raid on the dry dock at St Nazaire, France. The force consisted of Army Commandos led by No.2 Commando who were supported by small detachments from Nos 1, 3, 4, 5, 9 and 12 Commandos.
The Force embarked on craft manned by Royal Navy personnel. The Naval Force carrying the Army Commandos consisted of HMS Campbeltown which, packed with hidden explosives, rammed the dock gates after which the Commandos stormed ashore. HMS Campbeltown was followed by a fleet of 18 smaller vessels, most carrying commando demolition teams and their protection squads.
The Commandos succeeded in demolishing much of the infrastructure of the dock operating mechanism, and the undiscovered explosives on HMS Campbeltown 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:

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