20th December 2007 14:56
German raid of British radar station in WWII
I recently bought a copy of an excellent new book, Commando Country. This is about the various training establishments used by Combined Operations, Commandos, SOE etc mainly here in the Highlands.
In the book there is this paragraph
"Only a single German commando attack was made on British soil, later acknowledges by a senior British Commando officer as "one absolutely splendid raid carried out by the Germans from the Channel islands ... we were rather jealous of it, it went very well indeed". This is believed to have been an attack against a radar station on the south coast of the Isle of Wight, launched from the occupied Channel island of Alderney in 1941."
The source is a item by Major General Laycock in the RUSI Journal in 1947.
I found an Isle of Wight website that reported rumours of such a raid but wondered if anyone here knows anything about it?