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Attack on the Iron Coast (1968)

G  |   |  Action, Drama, War  |  5 July 1968 (France)
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Lloyd Bridges plays a WWII commando leader who leads a group of soldiers on a suicide mission to destroy a Nazi naval stronghold on the French coast.

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Rear Admiral Sir Frederick Grafton
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Admiral of the Fleet Lord William Cansley
George Mikell ...
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Lloyd Bridges plays a WWII commando leader who leads a group of soldiers on a suicide mission to destroy a Nazi naval stronghold on the French coast.

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commandos | world war two | attack | See All (3) »

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They turned a dead ship into a live bomb and sailed it down the throat of the enemy!

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5 July 1968 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Attaque sur le mur de l'Atlantique  »

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Putting the dry docks out of the war for the rest of war; and in fact the dry dock was not put back into action until almost ten years after the war. See more »

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Referenced in Easy Rider (1969) See more »

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Reason for the actual raid
27 August 2004 | by (Calgary, Canada) – See all my reviews

Just wanted to add further to the comment about this movie being based on Operation Chariot.

The purpose of the raid was to disable the only dry dock on the French coast that was large enough for the German battleship Tirpitz, sister ship to the Bismark. During this stage of the war, this was a very important consideration as the Tirpitz could of created a great deal of havoc if it where to get into the North Atlantic and attack the vital convoys that where keeping England in the war. The actual raid was a success. The dry dock and associated equipment was damaged so thoroughly that it no longer was a viable option for the Germans to risk their last battleship in the North Atlantic.

It was also a very costly mission. A bombing raid that was supposed to provide a diversion actually had the opposite effect and alerted the Germans. The losses incurred where described as appalling, with most of the commandos killed, wounded or captured. To reflect the importance of this raid, 5 Victoria crosses and 68 additional awards where handed out to the some of the 600 particpants. Only the battle of Rorkes drift saw more Victoria crosses awarded for a single action.


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