German air and sea detection center. Operation Biting Operation Biting, also known as the Bruneval raid, was a British World War II raid carried out by the Royal Air Force, a parachute regiment, the Royal Navy, and specially trained troops for commando action. The operation took place on the cliff at La Poterie-Cap-d'Antifer, on the Normandy coast, on the night of February 27-28, 1942. Its aim was to seize the main components of a German radar, whose specifications and technology were unknown to the Allies at the time, while pretending to destroy it. In the late afternoon of February 27, with bright sunshine and calm seas, the naval forces set off, escorted by two destroyers. As night fell, the Whitley planes took off. According to Major Frost, commander of the operation, "morale is magnificent".
The paratroopers jump over the objective, and once on the ground, not far from the center of La Poterie-Cap-d'Antifer, they gather around the assembly point from which each group heads for its objective. Major Frost and thirteen men take the Manoir de la Falaise, whose sole defender is shot dead. With the Germans elsewhere, the operation is made more perilous.
At the same time, Lieutenant Vernon and his group of sappers attack the German radar installation, previously stripped by adjutant Cox of its essential elements. During the exchange of fire, the radar is destroyed, but its essential components are recovered nonetheless.
Then Frost and his men begin to prepare the withdrawal to Bruneval beach: a German defensive position is established on the buttress of the cliff where it slopes down to the embarkation point. Quick action was needed to enable the other groups to repatriate, while the headlights of three German cars appeared in the distance. At 2:35 a.m., embarkation aboard the landing-crafts took place under heavy fire. Sappers, prisoners and wounded were the first to board. Inland, a German armored battalion approaches, but too late. The raid lasted less than two hours.
No incident marks the return of the flotilla escorted by Royal Air Force aircraft, even though it takes fourteen hours to reach the British coast. The welcome given by the men of Combined Operations was triumphant, commensurate with this daring coup de force. Source Wikipedia