Operation Archery - the Commandos and the Vaagso Raid 1941: by Ken Ford

By Ken Ford

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Operation Archery, the raid on Vaagso and Maaloy in Norway on December 27, 1942, used to be the 1st actual mixed operation performed through British forces concerning the military, Royal army and the Royal Air strength. The Islands of Vaagso and Maaloy at the Norwegian coast among Bergen and Trondheim have been chosen simply because they provided an ideal chance to break German installations and morale.

Mountbatten, the hot head of mixed Operations, was hoping to do away with the neighborhood garrison, ruin the fish oil factories and sink enemy delivery. The raiding strength consisted of No. three Commando, troops of No. 2 Commando, a scientific detachment from No. four Commando and a Royal Norwegian military detachment totalling fifty one officials and 525 males. To aid the amphibious raid used to be a flotilla of warships and low-level bomb assaults by means of the RAF.

The raid was once introduced on Christmas Day 1942, taking the German defenders totally all of sudden. German resistance was once stiff, besides the fact that, and a fierce firefight ensued. Relive the nail-biting motion of 1 of the good raids of worldwide struggle II during this interesting ebook, filled with maps and photographs.

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Capt Birney and his group of men from 2 Commando had meanwhile blown up the telephone and telegraph post in North Vaagso and withdrawn back down the road. A short time later they were fired on by German troops moving out of the village behind them. The commander of the German gun battery at Halsoer, Leutnant Lienkamp, had sent a platoon of infantry southwards to find out what was happening in South Vaagso. An advance party of these troops now made contact with Birney's outpost guarding the road.

The mortar was quickly set up and began lobbing small bombs onto the hotel. The thud of explosions and the bursts of flame in the upper rooms blew out windows and started fires inside the headquarters building. Corporal White now renewed the assault and led his men across the street and into the hotel with all guns firing. Men threw showers of grenades through windows and doors as they ran. The enemy inside expected another assault and were ready to react. After delivering a short burst of fire, they made their way out the back of the hotel to regroup in the next building, there to continue the fight.

20 1434hrs - re-embarkation is complete and ships make ready to sail. 21 1500hrs - the ships of Operation Archery clear Vaagsfjord and set course for Scapa Flow. 93 The Raid O P E R A T I O N ARCHERY: THE RAID ON V A A G S O 27 D E C E M B E R 1941 British vessel routes MAIN OBJECTIVES n - n AND GERMAN DEFENCES Commando movements 1 Group 1 Landings 2 Group 2 Landings 3 Group 3 Landings 4 Group 5 Landings 5 MaaLoy coast defence battery 6 Rugsundo coast defence battery 7 Husevaag Lookout Operation Archery - The Commandos and the Vaagso Raid 1 9 4 1 continued their defiant stand with the small arms they carried.

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