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Interesting prog by Paddy Ashdown, about the WW2 Commando raid on the port of Bordeaux, using canoe borne troops. Of the original 12man team, two damaged their canoe in the submarine and didn't go; two capzized and drowned, six(?) were captured and shot by firing squad and two eventually escaped to Gibraltar via Spain. They sank two cargo ships in shallow water, which were quickly repaired. Meanwhile, unknown to them, SOE had mounted an identical operation which would probably have had more success, but had to be cancelled due to the commando raid. Clearly heroic on the part of those involved, but lives wasted by the ineptitude of the top brass. :(

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Not sure I fully agree with that. Secret missions are just that. If two of them co-incide, very bad luck. In a perfect world and perfect scenario someone might have realised, but there was a war on. These raids were pretty small fish in the overall picture.

 

What pride I felt in watching such brave men - as with Arnhmem - on last night - another almighty mess up in the cold light of day. Desperate situations; desperate actions and times.

 

Happy days

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