Perhaps not everyone knows that the plot of one of the most famous war film "The Guns of Navarone", was inspired by a real event of June 1944.
Just the guns were not in Greece and the attackers were not English, but they were in Italy, Island of Elba, and the attackers were French (Continental, Courses, Senegalese, Moroccans), the military forces of Free France.
The war action war took the name of operation "Brassard" and cost the French 400 dead and 600 wounded (the Germans had 500 dead and 1800 prisoners).
This is the story of the destruction of the guns of the Enfola peninsula, which allowed the French troops to land on the Island of Elba and conquer it.
Map of the location of Coastal Battery L. de Filippi
After their successful action the French commandos "Bataillon du Choc" tried to disengage from the enemy, and to distance themselves unfortunately they could not and they were taken prisoner by the Germans and transferred to Portoferraio.
They were later released by the French troops a few days after the landing; French Army infact reached Portoferraio and conquered the whole island.
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