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Talks // Coming up // 'The Greatest Raid' - An Evening With Giles Whittell
1 April

'The Greatest Raid' - An Evening With Giles Whittell

Join us for an evening with Giles Whittell, author of The Greatest Raid, a dramatic and colourful new account of the most daring British commando raid of World War Two which left Falmouth in 1942.

Under orders to attack the St Nazaire U-boat base on the Atlantic seaboard, over 600 British sailors and commandos set off from Falmouth to undertake Operation Chariot, "the greatest raid of all", turning an old destroyer into a live bomb and using it to ram the gates of a Nazi stronghold.


Drawing on official documents, interviews, unknown accounts and the astonished reactions of French civilians and German forces, Giles Whittell recreates the hours in which the "Charioteers" fought and died in cinematic detail.


Ticket includes a copy of the book! - Contact Falmouth Bookseller for more info.


'The Greatest Raid' - An Evening With Giles Whittell 

Friday 1st April, 7pm


£20 (includes a copy of the book)

A £1 Poly Fund payment will be added to each ticket sold.

Please wear a face covering (unless you are exempt), social distance, and sanitise your hands on arrival. 



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