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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Raid....
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...
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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Unreadable
This is to endorse most heartily everything said by Mr Nigel Collier in his review. The author's style is simply impossible, the only thing remotely comparable to it in my experience being the Greyfriars stories of Frank Richards. I lasted a hundred pages or so and then cracked. I have set the book aside for recycling and will be looking elsewhere for an account of this...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Raid...., 8 Jan 2013
This review is from: The Greatest Raid of All (Pan Grand Strategy Series) (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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5.0 out of 5 stars I cannot recommend this book highly enough, 16 Feb 2011
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars A COMPELLING STORY, 24 Jun 2010
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D. M. Roberts (Preston, Lancashire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Raid on St. Nazaire, 4 Nov 2010
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Paul Tapner (poole dorset england) - See all my reviews
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Originally published in the 1950's, this is an account of the 1942 raid by British Commandoes on the french town of St. Nazaire. Their aim: to put the dock out of action so that the German battleship Tirpitz would never be able to go there for repair, should it ever get into the atlantic. The docks at St. Nazaire were the only ones in western europe that could take a ship of that size, so something needed to be done.

The book runs for two hundred and eighty three pages and is as comprehensive a record of the raid as you could hope to find. Starting with a note from the writer and then a forward from Lord Mountbatten, it uses relatively short chapters plus the occasional map and diagram to describe things.

The first chapter takes the interesting approach of describing what the french citizens of the town would have seen and heard when the raid took place. Then it jumps back in time to consider the planning of the raid itself.

Subsequent chapters cover the plans coming together, the involvement of key players on the allied side, from those who planned it to those who went on the raid. The training they went through. And finally around page one hundred and seven the raiders set sail.

A great many incidents happened once the attack went in, and with so much going on and so many different soldiers to jump back and forth between there's a lot of detail to take in. But throughout, the sheer daring and bravery of the attackers is enough to keep you reading, as their actions are an utterly compelling story. The writing style of the book can be a bit dry and dated at points but all these details are enough to keep you hooked throughout.

And it even details what happened next, from the aftermath in St. Nazaire to the fate of the attackers, culminating in a very moving reunion at war's end.

With photos, an index, and a list of all the attackers, this is as comprehensive a record of the raid as you could hope to find. And a fine tribute to all those who took part.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic, true-to-life review., 14 April 2008
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Mr. J. W. E. Hayward (Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Without going in to depth, this is a fantastic book that accurately recounts, in detail, the remarkable Commando Raid on St Nazaire. There is nothing like this. This is a book and subject that I shall be making my subalterns read and digest.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Unreadable, 2 Aug 2011
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This is to endorse most heartily everything said by Mr Nigel Collier in his review. The author's style is simply impossible, the only thing remotely comparable to it in my experience being the Greyfriars stories of Frank Richards. I lasted a hundred pages or so and then cracked. I have set the book aside for recycling and will be looking elsewhere for an account of this remarkable operation.
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