Lake Comacchio - Operation Roast

Date commenced: 
Sunday, April 1, 1945
Commandos unloading a storm boat

Battle of the Argenta Gap, Lake Comacchio, Italy, launched on the 1st April 1945 involving the whole of 2 Commando Brigade.  

Operation Roast was an attack across Lake Comacchio to capture the spit of land between Lake Comacchio and the Adriatic Sea, from the River Reno to the Valetta canal, a distance of about 7 miles. It was essentially a plan to draw German reserve forces away from the main offensive to be launched across to the East. This was followed by Operation Impact Plain on the 10/11th April at the southern tip of Lake Comacchio, and Operation Impact Royal on the 15/6th April at the Fessina Canal East of Argenta.

Two Victoria Crosses were awarded to men of the 2nd Commando Brigade.

  • Major Anders Frederick Emil V. LASSEN, VC., MC. (2 bars) [view]
  • Corporal Thomas Peck HUNTER, VC. [view]

Read more about this operation here in our No 2 Commando History section.