Kill Rommel!: Operation Flipper 1941 (Raid, Volume 43) by Gavin Mortimer

By Gavin Mortimer

British Commandos tried to assassinate Rommel, the wasteland Fox, in a bold specific forces raid in North Africa in the course of international struggle II.

On the evening of thirteen November 1941 British submarines surfaced off the Libyan coast 250 miles in the back of German strains. It was once darkish and stormy, and the 28 commandos on board Torbay had nice trouble mountain climbing into their rubber dinghies and paddling in the direction of the shore. catastrophe struck the second one submarine, Talisman, while a tremendous wave swept 11 commandos ready on deck overboard. At sunrise at the morning of thirteen November the depleted raiding social gathering used to be eventually ashore, chilly, rainy and exhausted, yet decided still to press on with their audacious undertaking - the assassination of basic Erwin Rommel, commander of the German forces in North Africa.

The raid made headlines around the loose global. It used to be a shining instance of British pluck and bold, proclaimed the papers, and to turn out the purpose, Keyes used to be offered a posthumous Victoria pass. but honestly the raid were a wonderful failure, a project bedevilled through undesirable making plans and terrible intelligence. but the most important classes have been discovered by means of next designated forces' operations, really via the SAS who conducted their first project at the similar evening because the raid on Rommel's HQ. by way of the tip of worldwide struggle II the British certain forces have been the easiest on this planet.

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Bidding us ‘Gute Nacht’ they disappeared back into their hut apparently satisfied, which the men thought was a great joke. The Germans at Beda Littoria The Commandos wouldn’t have laughed if they knew that the villa in their sights didn’t in fact contain the top German commander in North Africa. Nor did it even house its usual occupant, Major Schleusener, Rommel’s quartermaster-general, who was in an Apollonia hospital suffering from dysentery, the same hospital in which his deputy, Hauptmann (Captain) Otto, was being treated for inflammation of the lungs.

Always a loyal friend to the British and Americans, King Idris led his country into an era of great prosperity until ill health forced his abdication in September 1969, but before Crown Prince Hasan A Senussi warrior. Having resisted French and Italian colonialism in the years before World War I, the Senussi fought against the British in 1914–18. In World War II, however, the Senussi allied themselves with the British in the face of Italian and German aggression. com Kill Rommel! – Operation Flipper 1941 The 18-mile approach to the target was over rough and rocky terrain, made worse by one of the worst storms in years that brought with it a torrent of rain.

He was thus able to give the men a good visual notion of their objective. The boy told him there was a guard-tent in the grounds of the headquarters, but that if it rained the guards would probably all be inside the house’. Armed with the precious information, Keyes drew up his final plan of attack, detailing individual tasks to each member of the raiding party. He, Campbell and Terry would enter Rommel’s villa in search of their prey, while three ORs were to disable the electric light plant. Five men were to act as lookouts at the exits from the guard tent and the car park.

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