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This is an auction for ST NAZAIRE: THE GREATEST RAID OF ALL, by C E Lucas Phillips.

"A deed of glory intimately involved in high strateg."
- Winston Churchill.

"An exciting and moving account of a great epic.'
- The Observer (UK)

Amazon.com reviews:

"At St Nazaire, on March 28th, 1942 at 1.34 am, the destroyer HMS Campbeltown crashed with terrific force into one of the enormous lock gates of the Normandie Dock. The object was to destroy the essential gear of the largest dock in the world, so that it could not be used by German battleships, and it was brilliantly successful in its main purpose. The story of the assault, under a storm of enemy fire at point-blank range which set the sea itself on fire, and of the heroism of the men in the raid, carried out by Royal Navy forces - no fewer than five VCs were awarded - is one of the most thrilling and vivid to come out of any war."

"Lucas Phillips provides a concise, gripping account of the commando raid on the port at St. Nazaire in German-occupied France. In March of 1942, this was the largest dry-dock in the world, capable of housing both large German warships and the submarines then ravaging Britain's lifelines. The British planned to put the dock out of commission by ramming it with a destroyer packed with explosives. Many commandos were killed or captured but the Campbeltown rammed the dock and the huge explosion came as planned the next morning. As a result, the Allies gained a boost in the crucial Battle of the Atlantic. This is a readable, gripping account for military history buffs, or anybody wanting to read a suspenseful true tale. "

Hardback 1984.

288 pages.

Photographs throughout.

Good condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.95 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $9.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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