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BHC 000100 Lt Commander Stephen Halden Beattie VC

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Lt Commander Stephen Halden Beattie VC, captain of the Campbletown during the raid. Beattie was a contemporary of Commander Ryder the men having been shipmates during their days as cadets.

BHC 000100 Lt Commander Stephen Halden Beattie VC

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BHC 000101 HMS Campbletown

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Steel plating has been welded to Campbletown wheelhouse to give some protection from smaller calibre weapons. The forward 4in. gun has been replaced by a quicker firing 12-pdr.

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BHC 000102 HMS Campbletown

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HMS Campbletown's fire power was boosted for the raid by the addition of eight 20mm Mark I Gerlikon guns. Four were mounted amidships whilst four were installed on these elevated platforms called 'bandstands'. ...

BHC 000102 HMS Campbletown

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BHC 000103 HMS Campbletown

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HMS Campbletown alongside in Devonport dockyard having arrived from the USA in September 1940. As yet unmodified for the Royal Navy she is still showing her US Naval identity (DD131) as USS Buchanan.

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BHC 000104 Commander Ryder VC

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Commander Robert Edward Dudley Ryder VC Naval Force COmmander for Operation Chariot. Prior to the raid he had been occupying a desk job at Wilton House in Wiltshire as a result of incurring the Admiralty's ...

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BHC 000105 St Nazaire model

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The model used during the planning and training for the raid. Now on display in the IWM.

BHC 000105 St Nazaire model

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BHC 000106 The liner Normandie

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The liner Normandie the pride of the French maritime fleet in the massive dry dock in St Nazaire before the war. In the foreground is the winding shed with the long water-filled camber linking it to the ...

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BHC 000107 Aerial St Nazaire

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The town and port of St Nazaire lying on the Western side of the River Loire six miles from the sea. The Normandie Dock (Forme Ecluse Louis Joubert) is seen lying at an angle near the mid top of the picture. ...

BHC 000107 Aerial St Nazaire

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BHC 000108 Sgt Durrant VC

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Sergeant Thomas Frank Durrant VC posthumously recieved the ultimate honour after his brave and stubborn fight against overwhelming odds at the gun of ML 306 during its naval battle with the German destroyer ...

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BHC 000109 HMS Campbletown

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Stuck fast on the Southern Caisson of the Normandie Dock HMS Campbletown displays the scars of its contribution with the German coast defence guns. In the water in the foreground can be seen the remains ...

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BHC 000110 HMS Sturgeon

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The submarine HMS Sturgeon lay in wait off the mouth of the River Loire in order to provide a very precise navigational beacon for the raiders.

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BHC 000111 MGB 314

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MGB 314 was from 14 Motor Gun Boat Flotilla and was a fairmile C Class launch. Her three Hall-Scott engines gave her a maximum speed of 26 knots. She was quite strongly armed for a small craft with a very ...

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BHC 000112 HMS Princess Josephine Charlotte

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HMS Princess Josephine Charlotte a converted Belgian cross-Channel ferry  used by the commandos as a landing ship. It was also an accommodation vessel for the troops whilst in Falmouth harbour.

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BHC 000113 Aerial Normandie Dock

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This photograph was taken just after the raid with the Normandie Dock open to the tidal waters of the Loire. The annotated print highlights some of the successes of the attack, with the concreete dam on ...

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BHC 000114 Unknown

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BHC 000114 Unknown

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BHC 000115 The northern winding shed

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The northern winding shed after Lt Purdon and his demolition team got to work on it. The remains of the great wheels providing the momentum to draw the caisson along its chamber can be clearly seen in ...

BHC 000115 The northern winding shed

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BHC 000116 Fairmile B Class Launch

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Fairmile 'B' Class Launch the most numerous of the small vessels used in the raid. This illustration shows the type of motor launch but not one that actually took part in the St Nazaire operation. Its ...

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BHC 000117 HMS Campbletown

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Two of the HMS Campbletowns four funnels were removed and blanked off whilst the two forward stacks were modified to help give the outline of a German Mowe class destroyer. These funnels were shortened ...

BHC 000117 HMS Campbletown

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BHC 000118 German Mowe Class destroyer

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Part of the deception plan was to refit Campbletown in a way that made her resemble one of the German Mowe class destroyers such as the one shown here. The most distinctive feature of this class of warship ...

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BHC 000119 Officers of 2 Commando

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A naval officer and his wife pose with the officers of 2 Commando. Lt Col Newman is in the centre with his pipe and stick. On the extreme left of the front row is Major Bill Copeland, Newman's second in ...

BHC 000119 Officers of 2 Commando

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