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Was There A WWII German Commando Raid At St. Lawrence?

REF NR: 595

A raid is said to have occurred at St. Lawrence involving a German commando unit that landed from a fast gunboat or submarine, having crossed from Alderney in the Channel Islands. It's believed they then scaled the cliff and were involved in a short fire fight with guards at the radar station.

 

 

 

As can be seen by the above photograph, the cliffs are very minor and have many hidden inlets for a boat party to land in. They would have then had to move inland for around 100 to 200 metres to the command and control bunker where they would have grabbed whatever equipment they could, retreated back to their awaiting U boat and made the Channel crossing. Due to a lack of records, it's unknown whether this conflict resulted in the death or injury of any Brits.

 

 

Speculation of such a German raid at St. Lawrence has been circulating amongst interested parties for some time. They recently went public with a web site, inviting any locals with knowledge of the event to come forward. Adrian Searle, an island based author, has undertaken extensive research and has the confirmed the authenticity of the raid. More details can be found in his book. It does however seem strange that this raid appears to be an exact copy of the Bruneval raid, in which the British Combined Forces  - several months after the alleged St. Lawrence incident, conducted a snatch and grab exercise on a German radar station at Bruneval on the French coast.  (As seen below)

 

 

Further to this the following report of a trial or mock raid conducted on the Ventnor radar establishment seems to suggest that there's confusion as to who the actual perpetrators of the raid were.  


"Without warning, No. 2 Special Services Battalion under the command of Colin Newman undertook a night raid and successfully penetrated the outer minefield and other defences, bursting into the operations room and then putting stickers on equipment which, if it had been a real raid, they would have taken for study."

- Taken From h2h2.com

 

Thus the present position is still one of confusion and may well be just another myth of WWII ... or was it?


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