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Cockleshell Raid by Paul Oldfield

By Paul Oldfield

Operation Frankton is a narrative of ways a handful of made up our minds and innovative males, utilizing flimsy canoes, accomplished what millions couldn't through traditional skill. The volunteers had enlisted for Hostilities purely and, apart from their chief, none have been in a canoe earlier than. in spite of the fact that, with a couple of months education they conducted what one German officer defined as, «the striking commando raid of the war». They turned referred to as the Cockleshell Heroes, having been immortalized in a movie and a e-book of that identify within the Nineteen Fifties.

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They carried out lots of extra physical activity and rope and wall climbing. Handling explosives became routine. In addition to the specialist training, there were the usual infantry battle drills, assault course and signals. At times roles were swapped to allow the junior NCOs to gain experience of being in charge. II off Southsea. Only one case of indiscipline occurred when a Marine went absent without leave. As their fitness improved and they became used to the hard physical work, they were less likely to injure themselves and the numbers reporting sick fell.

II off Southsea. Only one case of indiscipline occurred when a Marine went absent without leave. As their fitness improved and they became used to the hard physical work, they were less likely to injure themselves and the numbers reporting sick fell. Horse Sand Fort, built to protect the eastern entrance to the Solent. The boom ran out to it from Southsea. No Man’s Land Fort at the western end of the entrance to the Solent, supported Horse Sand Fort. The boom continued from it to the Isle of Wight.

They did not fight a battle in the traditional sense, indeed they did everything possible to avoid contact with the enemy. Despite this they demonstrated the very highest standards of courage, endurance and skill. ‘Blondie’ Haslar was an extraordinary man, who combined modesty and a caring attitude with strong personality and single-minded professionalism. He always had the interests of his men at heart and never let them down. In return they trusted him totally and would have followed him to the ends of the earth.

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