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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP30 Nov 2019 9:10 p.m. PST

"In late 2016 CHURCHILL's Last Wartime Secret: the 1943 German raid airbrushed from history by Adrian SEARLE was published by Pen & Sword. The book boldly claims that the Germans mounted a successful commando raid against the ISLE OF WIGHT and that the British Government, even today, is trying to cover it up.

I have had an enormous amount of trouble putting this piece together; the book has so little relevant substance to it that it's hard not to reproduce it all here. You can surmise from this that I do not believe the Germans landed…"
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shaun from s and s models Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2019 3:46 a.m. PST

these stories crop up time and time again, like the raid on axminster in devon!
i don't believe any of them.

Cerdic01 Dec 2019 7:57 a.m. PST

I grew up on the Isle of Wight and this is news to me!

Sounds like a load of old bollox to me. The Island is a small place and word spreads quickly. If the Germans had landed, EVERYONE on the Island would have known all about it within hours!

Even when I was a kid, there were still plenty of people who could tell you where every bomb fell…

Bigby Wolf In the TMP Dawghouse01 Dec 2019 9:09 a.m. PST

Apparently, I was conceived on the Isle of Wight …

Cerdic01 Dec 2019 9:13 a.m. PST

A lot of people were. All them holiday camps, you know…

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2019 10:15 a.m. PST

So, could we put together a Chain of Command or Bolt Action scenario for the "raid on St. Lawrence?" German fallschirmjager drop near the radar facility (with the usual scattering one has with nighttime parachute drops), pulls itself together, attacks the facility, grabs the significant radar component and escapes down the path to the beach and the waiting e-boats? Maybe include a Cruel Seas action as British coastal forces attempt to destroy the fleeing raiders.


Bigby Wolf In the TMP Dawghouse01 Dec 2019 10:48 a.m. PST


Yeah … likely.

As nice as it'd be to imagine a romantic sandy cove with rays of sunset reflecting off the rippling waves, it was probably in the back of a knackered old caravan amidst empty cider cans :-)

Cerdic01 Dec 2019 12:17 p.m. PST

Bigby- Well the Island has plenty of romantic sandy coves. But I used to work in a holiday camp and a massive amount of 'conceiving' went on!

We didn't have knackered old caravans though. We had knackered old chalets. Much more upmarket…

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP01 Dec 2019 2:17 p.m. PST



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