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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Pan; New edition edition (11 Aug. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330480707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330480703
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 526,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David I. Howells on 8 Jan. 2013
Format: Paperback
Lucas Phillips writes a detailed and gripping account of the raid on the docks of St Nazaire by British commandos. The imaginative raid by the commandos achieves most of its objectives by its audacity and daring but at a high cost. The bravery of the men involved is simply beyond words belonging to a different age where sacrifice was a common byword for those who fought for freedom from the Nazi jackboot. A great read that takes the reader through the detailed planning of the raid, gives overviews of the men involved and a follows it through with an accurate violent narrative of this extraordinary raid carried out by men of immense courage against great odds and vastly superior firepower. The book leaves you in awe of the skill and determination of the British commandos and keeps you entertained throughout....a great read about one of the classic raids of all times.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. M. Roberts on 24 Jun. 2010
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Having watched the TV programme of the same name narrated by Jeremy Clarkson I decided to follow the story up in more detail through this book.

This is an excellent book accurately describing the events that unfolded against the odds during that epic battle.

A sobering thought-provoking read about courage and bravery in the face of towering opposition.
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Format: Hardcover
We must remember that English grammar and prose style has moved on since Lucas-Phillips wrote his book and you have to make an allowance for this in reading it in the 21st century.
However, once you settle into his particular approach of "lantern-jawed, stout yeoman" type descriptions of the British participants, you become completely gripped by their tale. Such courage and self-disregarding persistence to destroy their objectives in St. Nazaire in the face of overwhelming odds, adversity and pain leads to true admiration for the young men involved, both Navy and Commando.
Nor does Lucas-Phillips portray the German opposition as fools, but pays them respect as intelligent adversaries to be feared for their own fighting skills.
Very detailed, well described and with several incidents of that ironic, self-deprecating humour in the midst of murderous chaos that characterised the British at war, it is a book that any serious student of military history will thoroughly enjoy.
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This story is one that needs never to be forgotten, about the brave Commandos and their Naval compatriots, and the daring raid they carried out in the Second World War.
This telling of the story is in depth and highly detailled (perhaps too detailled for some?), but conveys the passion the author has for the people and the raid. It's a very moving account, and it certainly brough a lump to my throat a number of times.

An excellent book.
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