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PHILLIPS, C.E. Lucas. The Greatest Raid of All. With Foreword by Admiral of the Fleet the Earl Mountbatten of Burma, KG. London - Melbourne - Toronto : Heinemann, (1958). First Edition. Pp (6),7-288,(2) + frontispiece + 16 pages of b&w photos. With some maps and diagrams in the text. 8vo (150 x 216 mm), green cloth, with gilt lettering to spine. With map end-papers.
Brigadier-General Cecil Ernest Lucas Phillips (b. September 14, 1897 - d. 1984, Surrey?).
"The Greatest Raid of All is concerned with the famous raid on St. Nazaire in 1942 known as Operation "Chariot". Its 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. It was essentially a 'little ships' raid, and was carried out by Royal Navy forces and Army commandos, with a bombing programme by the R.A.F., which is a contentious feature of the operation.
The War Diaries and files of Combined Operations have been placed at the author's disposal, and he has recieved the assistance of Admiral of the Fleet the Earl Mountbatten, Captain Robert Ryder, V.C., Lieutenant-Colonel Charles Newman, V.C., Vice-Admiral John Hughes-Hallett and many others concerned in the planning and execution of the raid.
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 little ships - no fewer than five V.C.s were awarded - is one of the most thrilling and vivid to come out of the war. Brigadier Lucas Phillips shows that it challenges comparison with all the great 'beard singeing' stories of history." - from the jacket
Foreword by Admiral of the Fleet the Earl Mountbatten of Burma, KG.
1. What the Frenchmen Saw .
2. The Black Hour.
3. "Be .Offensive."
4. A Plot is Hatched.
5. Robert Ryder.
6. "A true soldier appeareth."
7. The Leaders Meet.
8. The Destroyers.
9. The Gathering of the Forces.
10. "The Sauciest Job since Drake."
11. The Enemy.
12. To Sea,
13. Into the Jaws.
14. Campbeltown's Attack.
15.The Dock Smashers.
16.The River Battle.
17.The Dockyard Battle.
18.Not the Six Hundred.
20.The Captive and the Free.
The Commandos' Targets and Outline Bomber Programme.
A Short Glossary.
Very good in torn, chipped but unclipped dustjacket. 25.00
Title: The Greatest Raid of All. First Edition in dustjacket
Publisher: Heinemann: 1958
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