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PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2005 5:20 pm    Post subject: Operation Biting Download Post Reply with quote

The Red Devils first mission is probably one of the most overlooked operations in WWII. It was February 1942 and members of No. 2 Commando learned how jump. With the war entering it's climatic years, the Germans began developing secret devices to fight the Allies. The Wurzburg radar was one of these devices and the selected target for the paratroops. On the night of Feb 27/28 1942, the 2nd Parachute Btn under Maj. John Frost, landed at Bruneval radar station near Le Harve. With 120 men, Frost captured the site with only 2 killed and 4 wounded. The night action was intense as the paratroops had landed over the wintery landscape to capture the secrets of the Wurzburg radar device.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2005 4:54 am    Post subject:  Download Post Reply with quote

Where did you find that piece of information?
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2005 9:40 am    Post subject: Bruneval raid Download Post Reply with quote

Check john Frost's Memoirs "A drop too many" at Leo Cooper-London It gives a good account of the bruneval raid---I happen to live a few miles from ther. The radar site is still visible... Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2005 10:10 am    Post subject:  Download Post Reply with quote

Thanks, I have purchased that book. I am an avid history buff, and have read extensivley on the Battle of Arhnem.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 28, 2005 6:05 pm    Post subject: Re: Operation Biting Download Post Reply with quote

drummerboy wrote (View Post):
The Red Devils first mission is probably one of the most overlooked operations in WWII. It was February 1942 and members of No. 2 Commando learned how jump. With the war entering it's climatic years, the Germans began developing secret devices to fight the Allies. The Wurzburg radar was one of these devices and the selected target for the paratroops. On the night of Feb 27/28 1942, the 2nd Parachute Btn under Maj. John Frost, landed at Bruneval radar station near Le Harve. With 120 men, Frost captured the site with only 2 killed and 4 wounded. The night action was intense as the paratroops had landed over the wintery landscape to capture the secrets of the Wurzburg radar device.

I don't have any sirens going off in my head about this raid either...must find out more. Thanks for sharing.

Kyle

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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 12:11 am    Post subject:  Download Post Reply with quote

I specialize in studing Commando operations in the Southern theater. No. 2 Commando was part of the 2nd Speacial Service Brigade under Major "Mad Jack" Churchill in the MTO. No. 2 Commando was the first unit to train British airborne troops and which would ultimately become the Red Devils. Info on the Bruneval Raid can be found in any Commado book that talks about actions with No. 2 Commando. The Brunrval Raid also has a book written specifically on the operation (which I've not read yet).

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The Bruneval Raid: Stealing Hitler's radar
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 29, 2005 1:23 pm    Post subject:  Download Post Reply with quote

Can you provide some feedback on the book?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2005 5:15 pm    Post subject:  Download Post Reply with quote

Haven't read it yet but I'll let you know if nobody else posts that they've read it. My prediction is a that the book will be good as it's soley devoted to the raid.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 30, 2005 5:18 pm    Post subject:  Download Post Reply with quote

Thanks Cool
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2005 2:30 pm    Post subject:  Download Post Reply with quote

"The Bruneval Raid: Stealing Hitler's radar
by George Millar"

I just found this post. Ironically, I am reading this book right now. The Chapters seem to alternate to between the A(?) Company's training for the mission and background on the development of radar. In fact, the book leans more to the latter; but it is still very interesting.

For some reason, I have it in my head that this was actually the second British combat jump of the war. I thought there was an operation to destroy an aqueduct in Italy, while successful; non of the Paras escaped. However, I could be mistaken and this jump could have taken place after the Bruneval Raid.

The Lone Star Scale Raider, in Texas, did a photoshoot of this raid. I am surprised more people weren't aware of it. Frost had an amazing war-time career, when you consider this raid, the Tunisian campaign and Arnhem.

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