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Cockleshell Commando (Paperback)

The Memoirs of Bill Sparks DSM

WWII Military Biographies Memoirs

By Bill Sparks
Imprint: Pen & Sword Maritime
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781844158942
Published: 19th March 2009
Last Released: 31st May 2009



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One of only two survivors of the famous Cockleshell Hero raid, Bill Sparks' war and post-war career has never before been told in full. In this gripping book, he describes not only his part in Operation FRANKTON, the daring Gironde raid, and his escape back to Britain, but how he fought with the Greek Sacred Squadron thereafter. Operating in small groups they raided and liberated islands in the Aegean Sea. After the war, bored with life as a bus driver, he joined the Malayan Police and saw action aplenty during the Emergency. Always something of a military maverick, Bill's memoir is truly action-packed. The book benefits from the inclusion of the official German investigation report into the Cockleshell Raid.

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