Cockleshell Hero’s

On the 6th July 1942 the Royal Marines were tasked with carrying out a raid against enemy shipping in France using canoes.

This year is the 70th Anniversary of that famous raid.

The raiding party consisted of ten Royal Marines and five canoes. One canoe capsized en-route and the crew died from hypothermia, six were captured by the Germans and executed. However Major Hasler and RM Sparks planted mines on four ships then made their escape into Spain. For their part in the raid Major Hasler was awarded the DSO and Sparks the DSM.

In memory of these brave men a memorial has been erected in Portsmouth funded by the Royal Navy Submarine Service Assoc and the Royal Marines Assoc. The submarine HMS Tuna carried the raiding party to the mouth of the river Gironde enabling them to paddle up to Bordeaux.
Brave men and a brave deed not to be forgotten.
God Bless and keep reading

About irishroverpei

Author of "Lily & Me", "The Royal Navy & Me" and Chapter XXl Armageddon. Writer, blogger and RN Submariner, antique automobile enthusiast.
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