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Operation Cartoon

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1 killed, 10 wounded  3 captured
Result  Allied victory
Start date  1943
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Similar  Operation Checkmate, Operation Collar, Operation Anglo, Operation Abercrombie, Operation Basalt

Operation Cartoon was a British Commando raid on the island of Stord near Leirvik in Hordaland, Norway over the night of the 23rd and 24 January 1943. The operation was carried out by fifty-three men of No. 12 Commando supported by ten men from the Norwegian 10 (IA) Commando under the command of Captain Harald Risnes (1914-1967).

Operation

The raiders were transported to Stord by seven Royal Norwegian Navy motor torpedo boats of the 30th MTB Flotila. Their objective was the destruction of the Pyrite mine on the island of Stord. On arrival at Stord, half the commandos were landed at SagvĂ„g quay and engaged the defending German positions there while the remainder were landed on the other side of the bay. The commandos carrying 50 pounds (23 kg) of explosives reached the Pyrite mine which was 2 miles (3.2 km) away after twenty-five minutes. Exploding their explosive charges put the mine out of action for a year. On their extraction from the island, the torpedo boats attacked a German steamer which they left sinking. The commandos also captured three German prisoners as well as a quantity of papers and equipment, This was achieved for the loss of one commando killed, two commandos and eight sailors injured.

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