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A brilliant little operation : the Cockleshell heroes and the most courageous raid of WW2, Paddy Ashdown

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A brilliant little operation : the Cockleshell heroes and the most courageous raid of WW2
Title
A brilliant little operation
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the Cockleshell heroes and the most courageous raid of WW2
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Paddy Ashdown
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Language
eng
Summary
"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." --Publisher comments
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UKMGB
Dewey number
940.542147144
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
A brilliant little operation : the Cockleshell heroes and the most courageous raid of WW2, Paddy Ashdown
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A brilliant little operation : the Cockleshell heroes and the most courageous raid of WW2, Paddy Ashdown
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Originally published: London: Aurum, 2012
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Includes bibliographical references and index
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volume
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rdacarrier
Content category
  • text
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  • rdacontent
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ocn827268283
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20 cm.
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Extent
xxvii, 420 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9781781311257
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(pbk.)
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
illustrations, some colour, maps
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  • (Sirsi) i9781781311257
  • (OCoLC)827268283

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