Jeremy Clarkson St Nazaire documentary

#1
Whilst wandering aimlessly around youtube I found that some kind soul has uploaded a Jeremy Clarkson documentary about the Commando raid on St Nazaire. Awesome stuff, I think I read about it in one of my uncles' old Battle annuals rather a long time ago. Anyway, thought it might be of interest.

First part here: http://youtube.com/watch?v=mgF0R4dhUqk
 
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#7
bobcarwillie said:
Excellent links, thanks.
Happy to be of service. Having watched it I've just ordered the autobiography of one of the men interviewed in the programme, Micky Burn ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Micky_Burn ) who seems to have led a pretty eventful life.

Having dug around a bit on the St Nazaire association website linked to earlier in this thread both he and Bill Watson, one of the other interviewees, won the MC during the raid, just two of the 65 men who were awarded gallantry medals for their actions that night, I think that works out as over 10% of the men involved. Brave doesn't quite seem to be an adequate description.
 
#8
I knew a little about this action, so was intrigued with the link.

Clickety click, watched the whole programme and I cannot express in words what I felt for those men.

Hero is a much thrown about word. In this instance it applies to all.

Thanks for the link.

Cheers N_W.
 
#9
FaceLikeAPingPongBall said:
Best be viewed quick before the beeb get it pulled like their Life on Mars stuff was pulled.
Aye, I was gutted when they pulled the Camberwick Green trailer. "Dear BBC, seen as we (the public) are forced to pay for your little operation, why are you deleting (what amounts to) public property from the public domain... you cnuts!" :x
 
#11
Anyone see Jeremy Clarkson's Extreme Machines? He's taken up in a F-15E and almost cacks himself.
 

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#12
SauceDoctor said:
I saw that when it was on telly. Brilliant stuff. Clarkson seemed genuinely humbled.
Camberwick Green?

Me too - don't remember seeing Clarkson in it though.
 
#14
RitchieRitch69 said:
Anyone see Jeremy Clarkson's Extreme Machines? He's taken up in a F-15E and almost cacks himself.
Gets out and throws up... excellent...
 
#15
He did an equally first rate documentary on his late Father in Law who won the VC.
 
#16
I think the best bit of the raid film was the old commando talking about the Germans going ballistic when the bomb went off.

Kraut - "Right, We are going to kill you all you ****, ***** etc"

Commando, with fantastic drawling voice, "Oh, do stop shouting and just get on with it"
 
#17
pupgreen said:
brilliant,,very brave men.
Imagine the CO..

"OK, chaps, I've had a wizard idea. We are going to paddle some canoes 60-odd miles up a river in enemy-held land, and blow up some Hun battleships. Who's with me?"

assembled lunatics...

Hurrah!

Nails, nails nails; also worth looking into the Zeebrugge raid...

"OK chaps, I've had a wizard idea.

We're going to put 4 tons of explosives into an old tub, sail it right up against some very heavily-defended locks, get out, fight any Hun we find, jump into some other boats before it all goes BANG and get back to Blighty. Who's with me?

assembled Booties, Matelots and other lunatics..

Hurrah!

Incredible bravery.
 
#18
gobbyidiot said:
I think the best bit of the raid film was the old commando talking about the Germans going ballistic when the bomb went off.
Quite literally...
 
#19
bravo Op Chariot was army commandos not booties just to prove we have better insane ideas than Royal

I found very humbling the bit about tommy durrant shot 16 times and still fighting i would have curled up and cryed for me mum after one wound
 

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