ST Nazaire: The South Entrance Lock
north from below the Rue de l'Ecluse, towards the U-Boat Pens: the
lifting bridge shown mid-picture, is Bridge 'D', the 'Bridge of
Memories'. Colonel Newman's depleted band, many of them wounded, only
lightly-armed and short of ammunition , somehow managed to force
a passage , right to left, in the face of withering defensive fire.
is the reverse image, taken from the top of the U-Boat Pens, looking
south, past Bridge 'D', towards the Old Town site , Avant Port and
Estuary approaches. This lock was the primary access point for U-Boats
seeking to reach the shelter of the pens. It was also the scene of much
fanfare as newly provisioned boats prepared to leave on war patrols.
Prominent in the background is the tall chimney of the Power Station
Complex, shown below.
the South Entrance joins the Avant Port, is to be found the Power
Station Complex, a primary target on the 'Night of the Commando', which
somehow escaped the destruction later meted out to the rest of the Old
Town, located on top of the rise shown left of image.
Complex viewed from the west side of the lock, showing swing-bridge
'B', the most southerly of the targets assigned to parties scheduled to
land at the Old
Mole. The white structure shown above left, is the
'Pilotage'. A rotating web-cam view of area taken from just
in front of this building can be accessed via www.plan-saintnazaire.fr by clicking on the 'eye' icon next to the power station.