Wilf Hardy (biography)Medium:
Gouache on BoardSize:
10" x 7" (265mm x 185mm)Date:
1969This is the original Gouache painting by Wilf Hardy.
The dynamic picture shows the moment H.M.S. Campbeltown crashed into the defences of the Normandie Dock in the port of St. Nazaire. The importance of the dock was that it was the only dock on the Atlantic coast big enough for the Tirpitz the German battleship that had caused havoc with trans-Atlantic shipping. The Campbeltown had two funnels removed to disguise her appearance.
The ship was packed with explosives some set in concrete so that the defenders would assume it was just a blockade ship. Delay fuses would allow the crew to escape. The flotilla also included Commandos who wreaked havoc in the port all the while under heavy fire. Originally published in Look and Learn 419, 24th January 1970.