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The Cockleshell Canoes

British Military Canoes of World War Two

Quentin Rees



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Amberley Publishing
01 January 2020
Used most famously in December 1942, when a small group of ten men in five canoes were dropped off by submarine 80 miles from the inland port of Bordeaux. Taking a couple of days to get to Bordeaux, the men laid limpit mines on a series of German ships, sinking one and seriously damaging others. These men became the Cockeshell heroes, named after the canoes they sailed in. But the story of the Cockleshells is more than that of this dozen brave men, most of whom died in what was a suicide mission. Over 4000 canoes were made and the contribution they made to the war was immense, but has remained untold until now. In this new work, Quentin Rees, lucky owner of two of the Cockles, tells the story of the development and use of these 4,000 canoes, from Combined Operations to SOE.
By:   Quentin Rees
Imprint:   Amberley Publishing
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 248mm,  Width: 172mm,  Spine: 19mm
Weight:   789g
ISBN:   9781848680654
ISBN 10:   1848680651
Pages:   256
Publication Date:   01 January 2020
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Unspecified

Quentin Rees, owner of two cockleshell canoes, has researched the history of the vessels for over twenty years. His cockle canoe has been on display in the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth for the past two years. He lives in Torbay.

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