Retracing the Commandos’ Footsteps
A group of German and British soldiers from the Allied Rapid Reaction Corps were on Sark recently to explore the island and learn about Operation Basalt, the Commando raid that took place during the Occupation. The group were met by Reg Guille and Julie Mann representing the Sark Branch of the Royal British Legion and were then taken to the Hog’s Back, the headland on the south-east coast where a memorial commemorates the Commando mission on 3rd October. Major Marco Ciotti then led them on a walk following the route the raiders took and telling the story of the mission and its dramatic repercussions. Marco has a special interest having served in the Royal Logistics Core, the modern equivalent of the wartime regiment that the Commandos served in.
Pictures by Sue Daly
The group on the Hog’s Back
The memorial to Operation Basalt