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Operation Suicide: The Remarkable Story of the Cockleshell Raid Kindle Edition
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At nightfall on December 7 1942, twelve British canoeists arrived by submarine off the coast of France, tasked with infiltrating the dockyards of Bordeaux, and wreaking havoc with the German shipping they found there. Manning fragile 'cockles' through the turbulent waters of the Bay of Biscay, and making an assault on a port bristling with German soldiers ordered to execute any Allied Commando they captured, their prospects looked bleak. It was fully expected that all would die in the attempt. Featuring a cast of characters ranging from Blondie Hasler, the ingenious and courageous leader of the raid, to the Comtesse de Milleville, who risked outrageous danger as she ran a secret resistance network, Operation Suicide is an enthralling account of one of the Second World War's most iconic missions.--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
'Lyman's account of their feat of endurance and of their comrades' sacrifice will make you feel proud to be British' Daily Express. (Daily Express)
'a compelling story: this cockleshell will float' Daily Mail. (Daily Mail)
'I enjoyed reading this book very much ... it achieves the very difficult objective of shedding new light on a very-well known and intensely studied event in history' Daly History. (Daly History)
'readable, detailed, well-written ... This book certainly deserves a place on your bookshelf, if you want a good up to date account of the raid' Globe and Laurel. (Globe and Laurel)
'Robert Lyman has uncovered a wealth of new material. His book paints a vivid picture of this extraordinary episode' Mail on Sunday. (Mail on Sunday)
'It rips along at a cracking pace, bringing the raid and protagonists vividly to life' Navy News. (Navy News)
'a good read and contains some detail not in previous titles, in particular Hasler and Sparks' escape to Spain with the French resistance' Royal Canoe Club. (Royal Canoe Club)
'This is an excellent account of the raid and everything that surrounded it ... An excellent study of an incredibly daring raid' History of War. (History of War) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File size : 3600 KB
- Print length : 369 pages
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Quercus (2 Feb. 2012)
- ASIN : B0074QGG10
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: 283,547 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Robert, in some detail, estabishes the context for the raid in terms of Britain's place in the war at this time. This is crucial to understanding why the raid went ahead when it did.
I thought what Robert did best was bring alive the dedication and utter courage of these men. The same can be said for the many unsung heroes amongst the ordinary people of occupied France. What a contrast to the Nazi's attitude, incidentally Robert describes a couple of them with the best use of the word "toady" I have ever seen.
I thoroughly recommend this book, I have just downloaded his book on Tobruk, the Longest Siege, and can't wait to read it.
A moving account of what happed and to the brave men who didn't come back.
I am happy to recommend the book as an enjoyable and informative read for anyone with an interest in military history.
Riveting read from start to finish
To the those who participated I salute you.