XD Operations

Secret British Missions Denying Oil to the Nazis

C.C.H. Brazier

Date Published :
March 2006
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
16 pages of B/W plates
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781844151363
Pages : 176
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6.25 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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X D Operations is the first account of the thrilling operations by the Kent Fortress Royal Engineers, a small Territorial Army Unit given the largest demolition program ever undertaken by the Royal Engineers. These took place in May 1940 with the object of destroying all the oil reserves stored in refineries in the ports along the Continental coastline from Holland to the Bay of Biscay, thus denying the Nazis vital stocks.

The operations were mounted at very short notice and in extreme secrecy. Such was the importance attached to them that no plans existed for the unit's evacuation.

The destruction of some two million tons of oil was a serious blow to the German war machine. Churchill was delighted with their success especially at a time of military setbacks. Although for security reasons there was no publicity at the time, they earned a generous allocation of decorations.

The book describes the trip over in destroyers, frequently under air attack, the chaotic conditions ahead of the advancing Germans, the difficulties faced in carrying out the tasks and the drama of getting back to England.

The unit went on to undertake further unusual expeditions from Spitzbergen to the Middle East over the next two and a half years of the Second World War.

About The Author

Brigadier Clifford Brazier OBE served in The Great War and pursued a successful business career, coupled with Territorial Service. In 1932 he formed the Kent Fortress Royal Engineers whose exploits in 1940-42 are the subject of this book. He died in 1959. His son Jock, who lives in Dorset has edited and further researched this book. His Grandson is an MP for a Kent Constituency.

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