2304 Operation Frankton, The Cockleshell Heroes

Operation Frankton, which took place from 7th to 12th December 1942, had the intention of sending a handful of Royal Marines paddling 70 miles up the River Gironde during the hours of darkness with the goal of laying limpet mines on enemy shipping to disrupt German operations out of the port of Bordeaux.

Only 2 of the 10 men who started the Operation would make it back alive. The Operation would become known by the name “The Cockleshell Heroes”