The Greatest Raid of All

Title:                      The Greatest Raid of All

Author:                 C. E. Lucas Phillips

Phillips, Cecil Ernest Lucas (1958). The Greatest Raid of All. London, Heinemann

LCCN:    59000025

D756.5.S33 P5 1958



With foreword by the Earl Mountbatten of Burma

Date Posted:      February 19, 2016

Reviewed by Paul W. Blackstock and Frank L. Schaf[1]

The “greatest raid” was on the port of St. Nazaire in March 1942, by a joint force of British commandos and naval units. The special force put out of action the only dry dock on the Atlantic coast that could service the German battleship Tirpitz, forcing the return of the Tirpitz to the north. The raid was based on sound geographic and combat intelligence, a near textbook example of the use of intelligence for a one-time armed raid against hostile port installations.

[1] Blackstock, Paul W. (1978) and Frank L. Schaf, Jr. Intelligence, Espionage, Counterespionage, And Covert Operations: A Guide to Information Sources. Detroit: Gale Research Co., p. 66

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