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By the end of 1941 Germany was desperately in need of essential raw materials. Vital supplies from Japan were shipped to Germany by 'blockade runners' using the port of Bordeaux as their main base. Allied forces needed an undertaking to interfere with the work of these lone merchant ships at the port, leading to the formation of plans that ultimately became known as the Cockleshell Heroes Raid, in which a unit of Royal Marine Commandos mounted a raid via canoes launched from a submarine.

In this new addition to Osprey's RAID series, author Ken Ford explores the history of what is perhaps the bravest and imaginative raids of the entire war. The book details the original plans of the raid, along with the various complications and challenges faced by the Commandos, and explores the outcome of the raid.

Product details

Published Mar 23 2010
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 64
ISBN 9781846036934
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 30 b/w; 16 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Raid
Short code RAID 8
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


Ken Ford


Howard Gerrard


Mariusz Kozik


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