Just saw a small documentary about the St Nazaire raid on TV (the so-manieth version on Nat Geo)..and it suddenly dawned to me that maybe the whole operation was unnecessary. Now, I haven't got books about this raid exclusively , only a general "raids" book , and articles here and there, but everytime it is sold as if it is ab-so-lu-te-ly needed as it would deny the Tirpitz battleship to make use of it for a repairs dock, and THEREFORE (!?!?) the german Kriegsmarine would NOT put the Tirpitz into action in the Atlantic. Thus it would SEEM that the raid attack is more efficient as it is less costly in terms of risked losses in comparison with a naval confrontation in the Atlantic Added to the argumentation is that UK bombers were not capable of bombing the relatively small dock doors from their safe bombrun height owing to the many flak defenses around the town. So far the salesman explanation. But now I started to think about it: 1) IF the Tirpitz had come into action and it needed repairs in ST NAzaire...then the UK bombers (plus fighter protection) would have an absolutely splendid target. No matter what flak defenses and Me109's each single bomb that hit the target assures a repair time of at least a week. Hence; once the Tirpitz is in the dock..it would be doomed to stay there forever! 2) The above would have CERTAINLY worried the Kriegsmarine and that may well be more the reason not to use the Tirpitz flottila from and around St Nazaire. ...and would they want to cope with that threat, they would have made bombproof concrete shelters over the dock, as they did with the Uboat pens. Again, the germans never started or planned such massive concrete roofs over the ST NAzaire dock. Hence, they were never interested in this dock for Tirpitz. 3) the safety of a repair dock as close to the Tirpitz's field of action means that in case of St NAzaire indeed it would allow Tirpitz flottila action west of France, which would not be the case if there were only repair docks available in Hamburg. However, with the same logic, it would mean that the Tirpitz would be able to venture out to raid on the North Sea between Norway and Uk. However, we know this never happened. Thus the Kriegsmarine did NOT depend on the availability of drydocks to decide yes or no to sail out in a raid. Other factors/risks were (obviously) more decisive. Hence the ST Nazaire raid , in my opinion, may have been unnecessary. It may thus very well be that once again a spectacular raid has been pushed through for all the wrong reasons (to impress the USA that UK can still throw a punch at Germany, to show Stalin that UK is a powerful military nation, to test the commando's (initiative of HQ/Churchill), the eagerness of the new commando's to prove their battle worthiness). What's your opinion ?