Naval Warfare Movies

The Gift Horse

Director: Compton Bennett
Starring: Trevor Howard, Richard Attenborough, Sonny Tufts, James Donald

Published: 1952
Country: UK
Length: 100 min.
Keywords: WWII, Feature

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A British captain, attempting to salvage a tarnished career, takes command of a de-mothballed Lend-Lease destroyer and gradually earns the respect of his crew with his fearless battle tactics. As the climax of the movie, the aged destroyer leads a successful attack on the submarine pens of St.-Nazaire.


Based on the 1942 Allied attack on St. Nazaire, in which the destroyer Campbelltown was loaded with explosives and rammed into the drydock gates. Also called Glory at Sea.

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