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How many operations can you name (without looking them up)

Old 16th May 2022, 01:43
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How many operations can you name (without looking them up)

I'll start with the easy ones:

Overlord - Normandy Invasion
Fortitude - Deception operations for Overlord
Jericho - The low level attack on Amiens prison
Chastise - The Dambusters raid
Paravane - The several attacks on the Tirpitz in Alta Fjord
Market Garden - An operation n the Netherlands aimed at reaching and crossing the Rhine
Mincemeat - Another deception to disguise the location of the Normandy Landings (I see they just made a Netflix film)
Dragoon - The invasion of southern France
Torch - The invasion of North Africa



Incidentally: What must it have been like to be a rear gunner on Operation Paravane and watch the Tallboy fall away from your aircraft and follow it all the way down to see a direct hit on the Tirpitz?
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One correction to your list......Mincemeat was done to convince the Germans the movement from Africa would be to Greece instead of Sicily.
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Mincemeat was done to convince the Germans the movement from Africa would be to Greece instead of Sicily.
And the Netflix film is worth a watch to see how close it came to not working.
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Mincemeat was to convince the Germans that the invasion was going to be to Sardinia not Sicily.
Not Greece.
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Some of the older readers who could remember going off to Christmas Island must have wondered what was happening when Operation Grapple (Yugoslavia) was announced in 1992 for the Bosnian War.
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And the Netflix film is worth a watch to see how close it came to not working.
I'd have expected you to reference the 1956 'The Man Who Never Was' . More your time, eh?

The invasion of Sicily, for which Mincemeat was an introductory operation, was Operation Husky. Dad was on Beaufighters out of North Africa then.

Attached clip has a kitchen rudder pinnace: hands up those who have a ticket for one of them


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A good list from Sue and a couple there I didnt know. I can add Operation Biting (Grunaval Radar raid), Operation Jubilee (failed Dieppe raid) and of course Operation Sea Lion (also a failure!)
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Oh and Operation Chariot (St Nazaire raid) . But I had to google his one as was on the tip of my tongue too long.
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Attached clip has a kitchen rudder pinnace: hands up those who have a ticket for one of them
Sir! Sir! Me sir! We called Kitchener Gear, which was wrong as I was invented by a Mr Kitchen
I managed to get one on to the Haslar Ferry pontoon as well. I got quite good at coming alongside at a 45 degree angle and at the critical moment closing the buckets and calling for full power to send a well directed angled thrust that kicked the stern in and took the way off all in one deft move. On the day in question, as the power came on the buckets came off and the boat climbed on to the pontoon, much to the chagrin of the divers I was picking up, who went from walking their gear down to sprinting back up chased by the boat. Apparently, the boat had just come out of refit and the buckets had not been fitted correctly so I got away with it.
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Mincemeat was to convince the Germans that the invasion was going to be to Sardinia not Sicily.
Not Greece.
Don't think so - it was Sicily but they made it look like Greece to get Hitler to move assets from Sicily.
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In Ewen Montagu's book there is a fake letter from Mountbatten to Admiral Cunningham.

"He might bring some sardines back with him..."

There was mention of Corsica too, but it could probably be best summed up as anywhere but Sicily.
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Bagration.
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Nephrectomy - removal of the kidney.
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Does operation Manna (dropping of supplies to the Germans, Dutch) count.

I seem to recall an operation servitude? But I'm not sure.

Operation Sea Lion. You didn't mention which side.
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Some obscure ones (no peeking!):

Leapfrog
Tay Bridge
Slubber.
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Several. But never knew what they were called until later,,,,,,,,,,,,
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Warden/Northern Watch
Agricola
Engadine
Palliser
Banner
and everyoneís favourite - Fresco.

anyone else been on Solstice?
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Operation Freshman
Operation Beggar
Operation Husky
All early airborne operations.

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