I thought it would be a fitting tribute on this day to share with my readers another sacrifice made by brave men who set out in canoes and kayaks to take the battle to the enemy during World War Two. It is the story of The Cockleshell Canoes and Operation Frankton.
Most Secret: The Cockleshell Canoes - British Military Canoes of World War Two
"The gripping story of the development of the Cockleshell Canoes. Used most famously in December 1942, when a small group of twelve men in six canoes were dropped off by submarine 80 miles from the inland port of Bordeaux. Taking a couple of days to get to Bordeaux, the men laid limpet mines on a series of German ships, sinking one and seriously damaging others. These men became the Cockeshell heroes, named after the canoes they sailed in.
But the story of the Cockleshells is more than that of this dozen brave men, most of whom died in what was a suicide mission. Over 4000 canoes were made and the contribution they made to the war was immense, but has remained untold until now. In this new work, Quentin Rees, lucky owner of two of the Cockles, tells the story of the development and use of these 4,000 canoes, from Combined Operations to SOE."
About the Author
Quentin Rees, owner of two cockleshell canoes, has researched the history of the vessels for over twenty years. He lives in Torbay.
Thank you Cockleshell Heroes!