Special Operations

Operation Samwest (1944)

During World War II, Operation Samwest (5–12 June 1944) was a large raid conducted by 116 Free French paratroops of the 2e Regiment de Chasseurs Parachutistes (2e RCP) also known as 4 SAS designed to hinder movement of German troops from west Brittany to the Normandy beaches via ambush and sabotage attempts. On the night of 5 June 1944, 18 Free French SAS parachuted in near Duault, Northern Brittany.

The first phase of the mission was to establish a secure base on the Breton Peninsula, (codename Samwest) near St. Brieuc in the Bretagne Region.Their base was heavily attacked by German troops on 12 June and they were forced to disperse.



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