Dec 26 2020
The Commandos that Grinched Christmas
Former Special Forces Operative (and star of Channel 4's SAS Who Dares Wins) Jason Fox joins Bruce along with Royal Marines Colonel Nik Cavill to tell the story of this remarkable Commando Raid that started on Boxing Day 1941SummaryOn the 27th December, 1941, in a small island town in the north Norwegian fjords, a German soldier crunched through the snow back to his barracks. All was calm apart from the sounds of Christmas songs still emanating from some of the bars and houses. Suddenly, in the distance, the thump of explosions and the bright lights of fireworks clearly showed people were still enjoying the yuletide celebrations.However, on the edge of the town, a massive assault was actually underway. The fireworks were flares and the explosions were the sound of HMS Kenya’s huge guns firing from the middle of the fjord. Within a few moments hundreds of British Commandos would be assaulting the peaceful hamlet...Contributors-Dr Chris Mann, Director of War Studies Department, Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and author of 'British Policy & Strategy towards Norway, 1941-45'. To purchase please visit palgrave.com/DrChrisMann Website for Royal Military Academy SandhurstJason Fox; Explorer, former Special Forces Operative, TV personality and author of Life Under FireColonel Nik Cavill Royal Marines CommandoWe have also joined forces with the fantastic Royal Marines Charity to help raise awareness of their Lift the Lid campaign to raise awareness for of support available to veterans, serving personnel and their families of the armed forces suffering from mental health issues.Please visit our website amazingwarstories.com to find out more about our contributors, the charities we feature and the causes we support.Track played at the end of the show kindly provided by-Military Wives Choirs – BraveWritten for the Military Wives Choirs by Sean Hargreaves, John Haywood and Laura WrightFeaturing Laura Wright and the Royal Marines Corps of DrumsPlease Support us by visiting amazingwarstories.com where you can sign up to our newsletter, donate or buy something from our store.For more about this episode and all of the incredible stories we have in store this series, follow us on your favourite social media platform on-Facebook.com/AmazingwarstoriesInstagram @amazingwarstoriesTwitter @amazewarstoriesEpisode Credits-Written & Researched by Charlie PhillipsDirector & Executive Producer Ed SayerAssociate Producer Lois CromptonEditor Tony SimmonsSound design & 3D mastering by Vaudeville Sound Group Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.