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Ashdown, Paddy. A Brilliant Little Operation: The Cockleshell Heroes and the Most Courageous Raid of WW II. London: Aurum Press, 2012.

Peake, Studies 57.2 (Jun. 2013), comments that this telling of the story of Operation Frankton -- the Special Boat Service (SBS) raid on the French inland port of Bordeaux.-- is exciting, well told, and "with its extensive documentation ... an impressive contribution to WW II history."

Courtney, G.B. SBS in World War Two: The Story of the Original Special Boat Section of the Army Commandos. London: Hale, 1983. London: HarperCollins, 1985. London: Panther Books/Granada, 1985. [pb]

Hunter, Robin. True Stories of the SBS: A History of Canoe Raiding and Underwater Warfare. London: Virgin Books, 1998. 2003. [pb]

From publishers: "This text traces the history of the modern Special Boat Service of the Royal Marines. It explores the raids and reconnaissance missions made by the SBS from World War II to Desert Storm.... The book also examines the SBS's modern role as a crack anti-terrorist force."

Katz, Samuel M. "Becoming an Operator (in the Royal Marines' Special Boat Service)." U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 120, no. 3 (Mar. 1994), 83-87.

Ladd, James. SBS -- The Invisible Raiders: The History of the Special Boat Squadron from World War Two to the Present. London: Arms and Armour, 1983. London: Fontana/Collins, 1984. [pb]

Lodwick, John. Filibusters -- Raiders from the Sea: The Story of the Special Boat Service in WWII. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1947. Raiders from the Sea: The Story of the Special Boat Service in WWII. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1990. London: Greenhill/Lionel Leventhal, 1990.

Lucas Phillips, C. E. Cockleshell Heroes. London: Heinemann, 1956. London: Pan, 2000. [pb]

Operation Frankton -- the Special Boat Service (SBS) raid on the French inland port of Bordeaux.

Pitt, Barrie. Special Boat Squadron: The Story of the SBS in the Mediterranean. London : Century, 1983. London: Corgi, 1985. [pb]

Rees, Quentin.

1. The Cockleshell Canoes: British Military Canoes of World War Two. Stroud: Amberley, 2008.

From publisher: "Over 4000 [Cockeshell] canoes were made and the contribution they made to the war was immense.... Quentin Rees, lucky owner of two of the Cockles, tells the story of the development and use of these 4,000 canoes, from Combined Operations to SOE."

2. Cockleshell Heroes: The Final Witness. Stroud: Amberley, 2010.

Operation Frankton -- the Special Boat Service (SBS) raid on the French inland port of Bordeaux.

Shortt, James G. The Special Air Service and Royal Marines Special Boat Squadron. London: Osprey, 1981.

Southby-Tailyour, Ewen. Blondie: Founder of the SBS and Modern Single Handed Ocean Racing. Barnsley: Pen & Sword, 2003. [pb]

Commander and one of two survivors of Operation Frankton -- the Special Boat Service (SBS) raid on the French inland port of Bordeaux.

Sparks, William, with Michael Munn. The Last of the Cockleshell Heroes: A World War Two Memoir. London: Leo Cooper, 1992.

Sparks was one of the two survivors of Operation Frankton -- the Special Boat Service (SBS) raid on the French inland port of Bordeaux.

Sutherland, David. He Who Dares: Recollections of Service in the SAS, SBS and MI5. Barnsley, UK: Cooper, 1998. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1999.

Jonkers, AFIO WIN 35-99 (3 Sep. 1999), notes that this is "a personal recollection of special operations during ... World War II, mostly in the Aegean area and covering raids on German-held airfields, in conjunction with Greek resistance fighters.... The author served in the Army during World War II and until 1955, when he joined MI5, for whom he worked for twenty-five years. Although the title indicates coverage of his MI5 years, this gets short shrift in a few pages. The book really covers the Special Boat Service ... and its operations against the Germans."

Foot, I&NS 14.3, notes that Sutherland succeeded Lord Jellicoe as commander of SBS. The author "describes several of the operations SBS carried out, in riveting detail.... This book shows irregular forces at their most effective."

Warner, Philip. The Special Boat Squadron. London: Sphere, 1983.

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