On Demand Tour: St Nazaire – Operation Chariot – 1942

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5 out of 5 stars (based on 15 reviews)


Battlefield Guide – Rob Lyman
Tour Manager – Dan Hill

Tour length about 75 min

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In March 1942 British Commandos and the Royal Navy launched one of the Second World War’s most spectacular raids, on the German-held French Atlantic port of Saint-Nazaire.

An antiquated ex-USN destroyer, renamed HMS Campbeltown, had 3 tons of Amatol placed in her bows, sailed into the Loire under cover of darkness, accompanied by a handful of wooden-hulled Fairmile motor launches and Motor Gun Boats, and rammed into the gates to the dry dock. Commandos debouched from her and proceeded to blow up vital dock installations. Several hours later, swarming with German sight-seers, the Campbeltown blew-up, putting the huge Normandie Dock out of commission for the remainder of the war. It was an extraordinary operation, which no one in normal circumstances would have contemplated. Brazen and bold, a David versus Goliath type of strike, it had a chance of succeeding by virtue of its very audacity. Ultimately, the raid was just that, a success, but the cost was incredibly high.

Join us as we take your on the ground using the latest technology and veteran accounts in this virtual tour to explore the remarkable actions of Operation Chariot.

15 reviews for On Demand Tour: St Nazaire – Operation Chariot – 1942

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Rated 5 out of 5
April 2, 2022

Entertaining and detailed overview of the plan, the technical detail of the ships, weapons, defences, and the execution that so famously went awry.

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Benjamin Coe
Rated 5 out of 5
March 6, 2022

Excellent once again the maps, plans, video’s, photographs help to really bring the subject to life. I have attended many of the battlefields of WW1 and WW2, but still learn something new from each virtual tour, and am inspired to visit others that I have not been to, like St Nazaire. The quality of the guides are second to none.

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Michael Smith
Rated 5 out of 5
March 6, 2022

Top présenter. Thank you for mentioning our brothers in arms in Ukraine. Highly relevant .. Love the WWII tours. Great detail and accuracy …loved your reflection on suicide numbers over this period. Dan, great production …need to get to Dieppe and of course Ouradour SG.

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John McGeoghan
Rated 5 out of 5
March 6, 2022

An excellent presentation – clear, gripping and reflective discussion of a fascinating raid.

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Jon Dunlop
Rated 5 out of 5
March 6, 2022

Once again a greatly detailed presentation on a subject I knew a little about but it certainly filled in many holes in my overall knowledge. I would encourage as many as possible to subscribe to this forum. Great value for the buck!

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