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Family History "A Sailors Tale" St. Nazairre.,
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This review is from: St Nazaire Raid: Operation CHARIOT - 1942 French Coast: Operation Chariot, Channel Ports (Battleground Europe) (Kindle Edition)
My father was on that raid . He was a Chief Petty Office in the RN. and was in the support group that attacked the radar installation that as controlling the shore gun batteries ( near Batz-sur-Mer ). My wife and I took him back there many years later, and, with the help of some locals we found the bunker. In the hand to hand fighting that ensued her was knocked unconsious and recieved a bayonet through his knee. One of his companions got him back to the beach where luckily their landing craft was still awaiting their return. End of story was he ended up in Battle Hospital, Reading. His leg was saved (ironically by a German Surgeon) although it left him with a limp and sometimes collapsed on him when he was walking, he returned to active service until the end of the war, when he was then invalided out from the navy "With Honour". He never spoke of any other engagements during he war, but I remember going to vsit him in Scotland, sometime in the war, ( I have o photo of myself when I was about 4-5 years old on the beach at Lieth, Edinburgh were we stayed with one of his shipmates family.
It was not until his death and funeral. My cousin Raymond read an Eulogy tom my father, Raymond was an artificer on HMS Ark Royal, Whilst he was in the RN Raymond researched the archives on my father`s war record. What came to light was a remarkable story. Here I will keep it short. He was given away by his mother to various relatives by his mother because he was conceived out of marriage, he joined the TA in the 30`s as a drive on the gun carriages, married in 1937/38, I was born in 1939, joined the RN filed Office training at Dartmouth ( Navigation was his downfall ) , stayed in the ranks and eventually became CPO,during the war he served in Trinka Mali Ceylon (Sri Lanka), South America, Africa, Iceland and, Europe, mainly in back up squads to the commandos, some times on minesweepers and as a small arms instructor at Warrington, Lancs. What happened to him when he returned to active duty no one is certain, the records are incomplete for some reason. I remember him coming home at the end of the war, and in his kit bag I found an "American Carbine", so were he had been and why he was issued this type of weapon I do not know.
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I spent many years as a Tour Director on the Tour Coaches around Europe. and I have many stories about people and places I have known ( Simon Wiesental, De Gaul`s Hangman in Algeria, Willi Brant and his tour of the Catares strongholds, Mrs Taylor-MrsCessna-Mrs Boeing the 3 Widows on tour. The Dutchman who flooded the fields to stop the Nazi advances, The Keeper of Dachau, and many many more.
I need a Ghost Writer. I am getting on in years and and not in the best of health so time is now of the essence.
Anyone interested in an old man`s tales?