By Paddy Ashdown
The whole tale of the amazing canoe raid on German ships in Bordeaux Harbour – through the fellow who himself served within the distinct Boat Squadron.
In 1942, earlier than El Alamein grew to become the tide of warfare, the German service provider fleet was once re-supplying its warfare computer with impunity. So Operation Frankton, a bold and mystery raid, used to be introduced by way of Mountbatten’s mixed Operations and led by way of the enigmatic ‘Blondie’ Hasler – to paddle ‘Cockleshell’ canoes correct into Bordeaux harbour and sink the ships at anchor.
It was once a desperately dangerous project from the beginning – dropped through submarine to canoe a few hundred miles up the Gironde into the center of Vichy France, surviving terrifying tidal races, in simple terms to stand the most important problem of all: escaping around the Pyrenees. Fewer than part the boys made it to Bordeaux; in basic terms 4 laid their mines; simply obtained again alive. however the such a lot harm used to be performed to the Germans’ feel of impregnability.
Paddy Ashdown, himself a member of the Royal Marines’ elite distinctive Boat Squadron shaped by reason of Frankton, has consistently been eager about this vintage tale of bravery and ingenuity - as a tender guy even assembly his hero Hasler as soon as. Now, after learning formerly unseen information and tracing surviving witnesses, he has written the definitive account of the raid. the genuine fact, he discovers – a deplorable story of Whitehall competition and breakdowns in communique – serves purely to make the achievements of the ‘Cockleshell’ heroes all of the extra heroic.
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9 The first German attack begins at 0645hrs on August 22 when Jäger Regiment 36 attempts to push down the Fontenay–Limay road, but attack is broken up by a platoon of tanks from the 749th Tank Battalion. 10 Reports from French civilians on August 22 prompt the 313rd Infantry Regiment to send a small task force under Lieutenant-Colonel Edwin von Bibber from Vetheuil around the river bend to La Roche-Guyon to check on German reinforcements. Infanterie Division as well as an Army Group B Flak battalion and eventually withdraw.
The timing of the unauthorized crossing was fortuitous. That day, Eisenhower had met with Montgomery and Bradley to discuss operational planning. The original D-Day plans had not expected Allied forces to reach the outer boundary of the D-Day lodgment area, until D+90, when in fact it had been reached on D+74. This had created significant logistics challenges that slowed the advance of Patton’s Third Army. All three commanders agreed to ignore earlier plans and to exploit the current German predicament.
12 The German attacks resume around 0615hrs on August 23. Jäger Regiment 33 is preceded by four Kingtiger tanks and Jäger Regiment 36 with six more. The attack is accompanied around 0855hrs by an air attack by 28 Fw-190 fighters of JG 2 and 11 firing rockets. Co. I/314th Infantry is pushed back, but 14 After a day of relative calm, the German attack again on August 26 along the front reinforced by a second Kingtiger company, with especially heavy fighting around Fontenay. The US front held, and this is the last major German attack before the US Army goes over to the offensive.
A Brilliant Little Operation: The Cockleshell Heroes and the Most Courageous Raid of WW2 by Paddy Ashdown