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The Cockleshell Raid

Author : Ken Ford
ISBN : 9781780962696
Genre : History
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On the night of December 7, 1942, five canoes were launched off the mouth of the Gironde river, each containing a pair of British commandoes tasked with slipping into the port of Bordeaux and destroying as many of the merchant ships as possible. Only two of the canoes made it to the target, but it was enough. Five enemy ships were badly damaged in the attack. It then became a game of cat and mouse for the surviving commandoes in their attempt to get back to Britain. Some of the men made it to Gibraltar; others were caught and executed. Author Ken Ford gives a blow-by-blow account of one of the most daring raids of World War II, which badly upset the flow of material into Germany, and which gave the British public a much needed victory.

A Brilliant Little Operation

Author : Paddy Ashdown
ISBN : 9781781310830
Genre : History
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DIV The complete story of the remarkable canoe raid on German ships in Bordeaux Harbour – by the man who himself served in the Special Boat Squadron. In 1942, before El Alamein turned the tide of war, the German merchant fleet was re-supplying its war machine with impunity. So Operation Frankton, a daring and secret raid, was launched by Mountbatten’s Combined Operations and led by the enigmatic ‘Blondie’ Hasler – to paddle ‘Cockleshell’ canoes right into Bordeaux harbour and sink the ships at anchor. It was a desperately hazardous mission from the start – dropped by submarine to canoe some hundred miles up the Gironde into the heart of Vichy France, surviving terrifying tidal races, only to face the biggest challenge of all: escaping across the Pyrenees. Fewer than half the men made it to Bordeaux; only four laid their mines; just two got back alive. But the most damage was done to the Germans’ sense of impregnability. Paddy Ashdown, himself a member of the Royal Marines’ elite Special Boat Squadron formed as a consequence of Frankton, has always been fascinated by this classic story of bravery and ingenuity - as a young man even meeting his hero Hasler once. Now, after researching previously unseen archives and tracing surviving witnesses, he has written the definitive account of the raid. The real truth, he discovers – a deplorable tale of Whitehall rivalry and breakdowns in communication – serves only to make the achievements of the ‘Cockleshell’ heroes all the more heroic. /div

Operation Suicide

Author : Robert Lyman
ISBN : 9780857383587
Genre : History
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At nightfall on December 7 1942, twelve British canoeists arrived by submarine off the coast of France, tasked with infiltrating the dockyards of Bordeaux, and wreaking havoc with the German shipping they found there. Manning fragile 'cockles' through the turbulent waters of the Bay of Biscay, and making an assault on a port bristling with German soldiers ordered to execute any Allied Commando they captured, their prospects looked bleak. It was fully expected that all would die in the attempt. Featuring a cast of characters ranging from Blondie Hasler, the ingenious and courageous leader of the raid, to the Comtesse de Milleville, who risked outrageous danger as she ran a secret resistance network, Operation Suicide is an enthralling account of one of WWII's most iconic missions.

Cloak Of Enemies

Author : Tom Keene
ISBN : 9780752483757
Genre : History
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Revealing the back-room politics and scandal behind the birth of the Special Operations ExecutiveThe Special Operations Executive was conceived by Churchill in 1940 to "set Europe ablaze." Yet, SOE was to have many enemies at home before it was even officially sanctioned. As Britain fought for survival, SOE struggled to fend off and outwit Whitehall rivals who threatened its very existence. Revealing a back-stabbing climate of secrecy, rivalry, confusion, and duplication, this book discusses the true cost of that rivalry, the steps that were taken to snuff out SOE, and the tragic effect that a campaign to discredit SOE had upon Operation Frankton, the iconic, small-unit commando raid of World War II that has passed into military legend as the Cockleshell Heroes. In the raid, frail canoes paddled deep into the heart of enemy territory to plant limpet mines on German shipping in Bordeaux harbor in December 1942. It was a raid that cost the lives of all but two of those who took part. Had there been better liaison and cooperation between SOE and its rival, Combined Operations, Operation Frankton need never have been mounted and young lives need never have been squandered. Layer by layer, this history reveals for the first time the true and tragic story that lies behind the raid that has passed into legend.

The Last Of The Cockleshell Heroes

Author : William Sparks
ISBN : IND:30000029859802
Genre : History
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The Bruneval Raid

Author : Ken Ford
ISBN : 9781849082976
Genre : History
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In the darkest days of World War II, the British planned a daring airborne operation to capture the secret of the new German radar. Lead by Major John Frost, a company of paratroopers dropped into Bruneval on the French coast, and quickly neutralized a small German garrison. Then began a desperate fight for time as the British tried to dismantle the German radar and evacuate back to England, as ever more German units converged on their position. Using artwork, photographs, and detailed maps, this action-packed narrative puts the reader in the planning room and on the battlefield of one of the greatest raids of World War II.

Operation Frankton

Author : Lambert M. Surhone
ISBN : 6130381468
Genre : History
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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Operation Frankton was a World War II British Combined Operations military commando raid on Nazi German shipping in Bordeaux harbour, France, in December, 1942, by 12 men of the Royal Marines Boom Patrol Detachment using small two-man Cockle MK II folding kayaks. A fictionalised version of the story was later told in the film The Cockleshell Heroes made by Warwick Films. The headquarters of Operation Frankton was MV Celtic (1903), based at Portsmouth at the time. Led by Major Herbert Blondie Hasler, the men launched their six specialised Mk 2 canoes from the British Royal Navy submarine HMS Tuna (N94) on 7 December, some 10 miles (16 km) from the mouth of the Gironde estuary, near Montalivet. One canoe was damaged while being passed out of the submarine, leaving ten men in five canoes to attempt a 70-mile (110 km) paddle up river (against the winter current) to their targets.

Cockleshell Heroes

Author : Cecil Ernest Lucas Phillips
ISBN : 0330480693
Genre : Bordeaux Raid, 1942
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In December 1942, 10 Royal Marines lauched a daring canoe attack on German ships lying in Bordeaux harbour - a harzardous and successful offensive, in which only two survived. This book tells the story of those cockleshell heroes.

Red Christmas

Author : Robert Forczyk
ISBN : 9781780964065
Genre : History
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By December 1942, the Soviets had surrounded the German 6th Army in Stalingrad, cutting off all lines of supply except through the air. Seeking to sever this last German lifeline, Soviet Command decided to launch a raid with the entire 24th Tank Corps to seize the airfield at Tatsinskaya, the primary operating base for the German airlift efforts. On 17 December, the 24th Tank Corps advanced toward Tatsinskaya, seizing the airfield on Christmas Eve. The Soviet tankers succeeded in destroying many Luftwaffe aircraft on the ground, but afterwards found themselves isolated and out of fuel behind the German lines. Generalfeldmarschall Erich von Manstein rapidly organized a counterattack with elements of two panzer divisions, crushing most of the raiding force between 26 and 28 December. Just before the raiding force was annihilated, it received permission to abandon its heavy equipment and escape back to Soviet lines on foot. Thus, the raiders accomplished their mission of severely disrupting the airlift to Stalingrad, but at the cost of an entire tank corps.

Cockleshell Heroes

Author : Quentin Rees
ISBN : 9781445610313
Genre : History
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The definitive book on the Cockleshell Heroes, and one of the most famous Marine raids of World War Two.

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