Operation Saxifrage

This was a British operation undertaken in conjunction with ‘Candytuft’ by the Special Air Service to cut the railway line between Ancona and Pescara on the east coast of the Italian peninsula (27 October/1 November 1943).

Four parties of the 2nd SAS, under the command of Major Roy Farran and Lieutenant Grant Hibbert, were landed by submarine and for six days operated behind the German lines in appalling weather conditions to cut the railway line in several places and also to mine the road which parallel to the railway.

The SAS lost two men captured, but the rest were evacuated by motor torpedo boat at the conclusion of the operation.