The Old Mole Mk II - Veterans Edition by Mark Littlejohn
The Raid on St.Nazaire
At 1.34am HMS Campbeltown a converted American destroyer its bow packed with explosives smashed into the lock gates of the Normandie Dock in France, the only dry dock capable of servicing the German battleship Tirpitz should she ever breakout into the Atlantic and return to the Western seaboard. At about the same time a fleet of smaller vessels prepared to land commandos ashore, their task being to render useless as many of the port facilities as possible, the operation succeeded despite heavy German resistance and casualties amongst the British forces, the Campbeltown blew itself and the dock gates apart later the same morning.
The picture shows one of the landing sites at the Old Mole, having just passed ML 447 which had just been badly hit in the engine room and thrown into reverse, ML 457 has managed to reach the ramp and land its demolition party and their protection ashore. The original painting is owned by the St. Nazaire Society and was completed with the help of the surviving veterans.
The print shows attempted landings and assault on the region of the Old Mole and Lighthouse by the Commando squads and Motor launches of the Royal Navy
- Veteran Signed Limited Edition £295 (approx USD) Edition Size: 10
Signed by not only the veterans committee of the St.Nazaire Society but also by the artists Grandfather who participated in the raid. The original painting was a comission by the St.Nazaire Society and was presented by them to the town of Falmouth from which place the raid was carried out and to where the surviving veterans returned, it now hangs within the Municipal Gallery and as part of the Town Mayor's Gallery.
Free Companion Print
A free companion print accompanies the picture of the commandos landing at the Old Mole itself (shown below).