Operation 'Roger'

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  1. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    Hi All,

    Trying to help out a longtime contact here. He has been given some detail about an attempt by special forces to execute an amphibious landing on Phuket in 1945, which was a disaster and resulted in the annihilation of the Allied Forces taking part. He has found absolutely nothing on line about this operation, codenamed 'Roger'.

    Can anyone shine some light on this?

    Many thanks

    Steve
     
  2. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    Answering my own question, I see that there are at least three files at the TNA about this operation. Has anyone seen any of these or come across any participants.

    An further help much appreciated.

    Steve
     
  3. Drew5233

    Drew5233 #FuturePilot 1940 Obsessive

    I stopped counting at 36 files ;)
     
  4. CL1

    CL1 116th LAA and 92nd (Loyals) LAA,Royal Artillery Patron

    Allason proposed to Mountbatten an airborne operation to move the front line forward, launched from an insignificant island called Phuket. To Churchill’s amusement, Allason christened it Operation Roger; the airfield led to Phuket (now pronounced differently) becoming a major tourist resort.
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obituaries/politics-obituaries/8597474/Lt-Col-James-Allason.html


    About Roger
    http://books.google.co.uk/books?id=XjNwnBbfkroC&pg=PA173&lpg=PA173&dq=Phuket+island+operation+roger+failure&source=bl&ots=iI40cKbjc0&sig=6ykUUlkoQtVGIR4pgYkLpIBz8ec&hl=en&sa=X&ei=qvxhU8WLJ8fKPcMn&ved=0CD0Q6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=Phuket%20island%20operation%20roger%20failure&f=false
     
  5. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

  6. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member Patron

    Thanks for all the input. I'm making steady progress, with an eye on not getting to waylaid by this topic for fear of deflection from my own. ;)
     

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