SMHS Meeting -The Bruneval Raid

19 Feb 2014

In February SMHS member, Simon Bellamy, returned for his third talk to our group on WW2 cross Channel Operations, this time focussing on ‘Bruneval 1942 - Birth of the Red Devils'.

Following the fall of Singapore and the humiliation of The Channel Dash, Churchill was aware that he needed to strike back. The British bomber offensive was suffering unsustainable losses and a raid was planned to ‘pinch' the Wurzburg radar equipment from the cliff-top near the village of Bruneval in occupied Northern France for examination in the UK. Wurzburg was the German short-range radar, used effectively against our bombers with devastating results.

A Combined Operations raid, Operation Biting, was planned with the use of all three services whereby the RAF flew in ‘C' Company 2nd Parachute Battalion under Major John Frost in Whitley Bombers. The task was to silence the defenders and dismantle the radar equipment, with evacuation by the Navy from the beach at the foot of the cliffs.

Simon talked us through the strategic background, the Order of Battle, the raid itself and the aftermath before receiving a variety of questions from the members.

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7.30pm for 8.00pm start
Function Room of the
Royal Oak Public House,
Station Street, Lewes,
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