Cockleshell Heroes … with a Foreword by the Earl Mountbatten of Burma
Cockleshell Heroes … with a Foreword by the Earl Mountbatten of Burma

PHILLIPS, C. E. Lucas. Cockleshell Heroes … with a Foreword by the Earl Mountbatten of Burma.

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PHILLIPS, C. E. Lucas. Cockleshell Heroes … with a Foreword by the Earl Mountbatten of Burma. London, Heinemann, [1956].

8vo. Original cloth with illustrated dust-wrappers (not price-clipped), map endpapers in blue; pp. ix, [3], 252, plates after photographs, illustrations to text after drawings, wrapper with a few marginal flaws, light offsetting from endpapers, otherwise a very good copy.
First edition, first impression of this meticulously researched account of Operation Frankton, the December 1942 raid on German cargo shipping by British Royal Marines Commandos, who infiltrated Bordeaux Harbour using folding kayaks. The raid was carried out by a small unit of Royal Marines known as the Royal Marines Boom Patrol Detachment. The book was preceded by a heavily fictionalised version of the story in the film The Cockleshell Heroes .

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