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Operation Sunstar was a Second World War raid on Houlgate in Normandy, France over the night of 22/23 November 1941.

British Commandos of No. 9 Commando took part in the raid their objective was the Batterie de Tournebride on the Butte de Houlgate.[1] Ninety men of No.9 Commando travelled across the English Channel on the HMS Prince Leopold and landed at the bottom of the Vaches Noires. The ship also transported four Assault Landing Craft which were used for the landing, four Motor Gun Boats were used to provide cover.[2]

The operation encountered difficulties and did not succeed in destroying the battery or taking any prisoners but they did obtain documents and other information.[3][4]


  1. Marcel Miocque et Huguette Vernochet (2006). Houlgate regards sur le passé. p182
  2. "Operation Sunstar". Naval History. Retrieved 5 February 2009. 
  3. Marthe Rambaud et Jean-Claude Bosquain (1995). Gonneville-sur-Mer 1939-1945.
  4. "Commando Veteran Association". Retrieved 1 February 2009. 

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