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on 28 December 2013
I've read most of the books on Operation Frankton, because it's such a fascinating & inspiring story. Lyman's account shines out for all the research into the German military papers, allowing us to understand who was really responsible for the atrocious treatment meted out to four of our heroes. Also, Lyman is very good on how the jealous, turf-guarding bureaucracy between Combined Operations & the SOE failed to add any value to the planning of the raid (this is an understatement). There is one critical aspect of the Frankton planning which was totally overlooked by the otherwise meticulous Blondie Hasler, and which cocked up the whole mission right from the start. I am referring, of course, to the two tide-races encountered by our heroes near the Cordouan lighthouse, only hours after leaving HMS Tuna, and which were responsible for the loss & subsequent death of four of the commandoes. How was it possible that the existence of these natural obstacles was unknown and unforeseen ? Like all his predecessors, Lyman sheds no light on this deadly episode. Last point, the bibliography makes no mention of Paddy Ashdown, or his book "A Brilliant Little Operation", published at the same time; I can't help wondering why ...?