Armed with outdated WW1 weapons, old-fashioned armour (no helmets, just red berets), pants tucked into their socks and a myriad of other unconventional features. The British Commando units of WW2 were among the best and brightest groups to ever set foot on any battlefield.
Given the task of going behind enemy lines in France and Germany from 1940 onwards, they destroyed crucial German strongholds and positions, often without ever firing a single bullet in anger – they were just that clever and wily!
The raid on St. Nazaire is the best example of their grit and brilliance. St. Nazaire, a French port and harbour captured by the Germans early on, was arguably the most important place that the Germans captured. The British Commandos hatched a daring plan to destroy the port for good, thereby destroying Germany’s hopes of ever launching any sort of attack on Britain.
What they did was simply absurd…..and awesome. They hijacked a battle-cruiser ship on the English channel, filled it up to the gills with explosives, and planned to crash it right into the port of St. Nazaire and then explode it. They managed to do just this………….but…………the ship did not explode as planned. The Commandos were captured by the Germans and were taken away to be dealt with.
But………..as the Commandos were being taken away, eventually the ship exploded…….and so the entire port was rendered unusable. The Germans scurried after the port exploded, and many of the Commandos got away, scot free.
Amazing. God bless those awesome motherfuckers! The entire world owes you everything. Thank you, Commandos!