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December 2017 will mark the 75th anniversary of Operation FRANKTON, which has been described as the most courageous raid of WW2. The Cockleshell Heroes have been immortalised by a Hollywood film, documentaries and books but, more significantly, they are part of Royal Marine heritage.
To help commemorate this milestone anniversary, The Royal Marines Charity will be supporting members of the Naval Service Recovery Centre Hasler (formerly known as Hasler Company) to retrace the epic 85 mile paddle down the Gironde river to Bordeaux and 100-mile escape route across land; all carried out over the actual anniversary dates.
Accompanied by other serving and former RM and RN, along with The Royal Marines Charity Trustee Mr Keith Breslauer, and kindly supported by Patron Capital Partners, these heroes of today will undertake a pilgrimage that can only simulate a very small element of what Major ‘Blondie’ Hasler’s men went through in 1942.
For the latest in the Patron #Greatness Lecture series we welcomed @DrTomKeene, who recounted the story of Operation Frankton ahead of the #Frankton75 recreation by @kb_patron and current and former #RoyalMarines @Cockleshellende @theRMcharity https://t.co/oWuFGkxkYd pic.twitter.com/7I5Y6cz3x2— Patron Capital (@PatronCapital) October 26, 2017
Providing support to an adaptive Adventure Training (AT) expedition, such as Cockleshell Endeavour, is just one example of The Royal Marines Charity’s ‘Quality of Life Pathway’ but this particular event is also a true demonstration of how the whole Corps Family will pull together to honour such a momentous occasion.
The event can be followed by visiting https://www.facebook.com/F75Cockleshellendeavour/