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Cockle-shell Heroes by author C.E. Lucas Phillips.

Hardback in very good condition. Book first published in August 1956. This copy reprinted September 1956.

An astounding true story of endurance and bravery. Twelve Royal Marines spent many months training for a daring raid using canoes on German ships lying in the "safe" harbour of Bordeaux, France.

In December 1942, 10 of the Royal Marines were dropped off by a submarine some 100 miles from the target, and eventually launched their canoe attack on German ships lying in the harbour (due to damage to one canoe two of the 12 could not proceed on the raid) - a hazardous and successful offensive. Six ships were successfully sunk or seriously damaged by the limpet mines placed but only 2 of the 10 men were to make it home. Two succumbed to hypothermia after capsizing and six were caught and executed by the Germans.

This was one of the most daring operations of World War 2. The British Prime Minister Winston Churchill believed the mission shortened the war by six months.

The Cockleshell Heroes was made into a 1955 British war film with Trevor Howard, Anthony Newley, David Lodge and José Ferrer. Please click here to ask a question
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