Operation Branford

'Branford' was a British amphibious reconnaissance mission by a 12-man party of the Small Scale Raiding Force to assess the military utility of the Ile Burhou to the north-west of Alderney in the Channel islands group off the coast of the Cotentin peninsula (7/8 September 1942).

Completed without German interference in the period after 'Dryad', the undertaking was carried out by Captain C. M. Odgen-Smith’s party of No. 62 Commando (otherwise the Small Scale Raiding Force) and was designed to locate a site from which artillery could support any British landing on Alderney island.