A truly exceptional event is taking place on the Gironde at the moment to mark the 75th anniversary of the 1942 Cockleshell heroes.
A group of veterans and amputee servicemen are re-enacting the daring 1942 raid by canoeing from Pauillac to Bordeaux.
|The lads who carried out Operation Frankton|
|Major ‘Blondie’ Haslar and Captain Stewart in a Cockle Mark 2 canoe c.1943, a canoe of the same type used in the raid on Bordeaux in December 1942 (courtesy of http://ww2today.com)|
|A visit to the memorial at the entrance to the Garonne|
|“I got 10 stones from the Southsea Cockleshell Memorial (with permission) and have one for each man. Dropping 2 a day…..”|