Operation Cinderella (ii)

This was a British unrealised plan for an amphibious landing to the north of Porto Garibaldi on the north-east coast of German-occupied Italy between Lake Comacchio and the mouth of the Po river (10/11 April 1945).

Within the overall context of ‘Buckland’, the ‘Fry’ raids on Lake Comacchio early in April 1945 were followed ‘Roast’, again on Lake Comacchio, and ‘Cinderella’ was to have followed as a projected or simulated landing to the north of Porto Garibaldi, but as a result of the strength of the defences and the fact that operation ‘Impact’ was scheduled to start at the same time on 10/11 April, ‘Cinderella’ was cancelled so that ‘Impact’ went ahead without distraction to capture a bridge over the Menata Canal.

The final undertaking in this sequence of operations was ‘Impact Royal’ to capture a bridge over the Fossa Canal on 13/15 April.