By Paddy Ashdown

The whole tale of the awesome canoe raid on German ships in Bordeaux Harbour – via the guy who himself served within the specific Boat Squadron.

In 1942, ahead of El Alamein became the tide of battle, the German service provider fleet was once re-supplying its struggle computer with impunity. So Operation Frankton, a bold and mystery raid, used to be introduced via Mountbatten’s mixed Operations and led via the enigmatic ‘Blondie’ Hasler – to paddle ‘Cockleshell’ canoes correct into Bordeaux harbour and sink the ships at anchor.

It used to be a desperately detrimental venture from the beginning – dropped by way of submarine to canoe a few hundred miles up the Gironde into the guts of Vichy France, surviving terrifying tidal races, purely to stand the largest problem of all: escaping around the Pyrenees. Fewer than part the lads made it to Bordeaux; basically 4 laid their mines; simply received again alive. however the so much harm used to be performed to the Germans’ feel of impregnability.

Paddy Ashdown, himself a member of the Royal Marines’ elite certain Boat Squadron shaped due to Frankton, has continuously been desirous about this vintage tale of bravery and ingenuity - as a tender guy even assembly his hero Hasler as soon as. Now, after discovering formerly unseen records and tracing surviving witnesses, he has written the definitive account of the raid. the true fact, he discovers – a deplorable story of Whitehall contention and breakdowns in conversation – serves in basic terms to make the achievements of the ‘Cockleshell’ heroes all of the extra heroic.

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