St Nazaire Op. Chariot - site today

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  1. Back from hols on The Vendee; persuaded a reluctant family to visit St Nazaire. The U-Boat pens are impressive but was more interested to see how the Raid's history is featured.

    There's a relatively new museum which had a disappointingly tiny presentation on Op. Chariot. Crossing the road from the museum you can view Normadie Dock entrance but no commemoration of any kind. The derelict viewpoint I stood on was a prime location for a suitable monument. I am guessing our complex shared history has ensured this very British of operations is unlikely to get the recognition it deserves. Even if the Dockyard built the Queen Mary II.

    For you serious history types, had the pleasure of dining with AJP Taylor's son and family as we were staying in the same holiday complex. Taylor being probably the 20th C.'s greatest British historian. Teamed up too for pub quiz but not one history question, and double points for music. 8O
  2. You should have gone about 20 km North to "Le grand blockhaus". The curator of the museum, Mr Braeuer, is an authority on the St Nazaire raid and the whole St Nazaire region during WW2. He wrote several books on the subject and he knows several veterans from "Chariot".