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49 In October 1941 Churchill" decided to formalize the raiding organization and appointed Lord Louis Mountbatten to head the Combined Operations Command with a remit to 'start the preparations for our great counterinvasion of Europe. 5o The second test occurred on the evening of 28 March 1942, when 630 Commandos and sailors drove an old American Lend-Lease destroyer, the Campbeltown, into the gate of the dry-dock at SaintNazaire, the only dry-dock large enough to take the German battleship the Tirpitz.
Partly as a consequence, MajorGeneral Lucas' assault on Anzio, which started so well (13 dead, 97 wounded and 44 missing from a 40,000 strong force) failed to maintain momentum after eight German divisions surrounded the landing site ('the world's largest self-sustaining prisoner-of-war compound' was how the Germans saw it). The 'wild cat' became, again in Churchill's word: 'a stranded whale'. 81 The omens for Normandy did not look good but Anzio should have proved to be a necessary stage in the taming of Normandy, that is, by bringing the realization that the German defenders would probably not retreat to shorten their defensive lines but would stay put and slug it out until one side or other was defeated.
89 The construction of the enhanced plan began in December 1943 at Norfolk House, St James's Square, London, and the first draft of the plan was issued on 1 February 1944 and the following month SHAEF - now numbering 6,000 soldiers and 750 officers - moved to Bushey Park in Middlesex. 90 Since many of the planners had already been through the experience of planning three previous amphibious assaults, and since the planning had gone on almost continuously for several years, the complexity of the operation did not provide an insurmountable problem to G-3, the battle planning section of the General Staff at SHAEF.