During WW2, Canadian Major Jamie Wilson suggests a commando raid against a German-occupied French port where a large dry-dock is used by the enemy to re-fit battleships. The well-defended French coast has been dubbed the Iron Coast by the Germans. The British command is reluctant to give the green-light to this operation, code-named Operation Mad Dog, mainly because of the high chance of failure. The Canadian officer is known to have botched a few previous operations under his command. The main opponent of the Mad Dog operation is a Royal Navy captain whose son died during a failed commando raid led by Major Jamie Wilson. However, after much debate and haggling, the operation is approved by the R.N. Admiral in charge. The training of the commandos is harsh, under real battle conditions featuring live explosions and machine-gun fire. During the training, several accidents occur, resulting in a few deaths and wounds. The operation's future hangs into balance but it finally receives the ...Written by
The minute I started watching this I knew I had seen it before. The Trevor Howard film The Gift Horse had been made about the same incident at the
French port of St.Nazaire.
The occupying Germans are using St.Nazaire as a dry dock facility for their fleet
and the British Admiralty would like it destroyed. A commando raid might do
the trick, but the British are stretched thin and little or no support can be
When it does get approved there is friction between Canadian commando commander Lloyd Bridges and Andrew Keir captain of the minesweeper taking
the commandos in.
If you've seen The Gift Horse than you know what happens. The Gift Horse
is factually more true, but Attack On The Iron Coast has its merits.
This is a good action WW2 film.
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