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Secret Flotillas : Vol. II: Clandestine Sea Operations in the Western Mediterranean, North Africa and the Adriatic, 1940-1944 - Brooks Richards

Secret Flotillas

Vol. II: Clandestine Sea Operations in the Western Mediterranean, North Africa and the Adriatic, 1940-1944

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Published: 16th April 2004
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This authoritative publication by the official historian, the late Sir Brooks Richards, vividly describes and analyses the clandestine naval operations that took place during World War II. The account has been made possible through Sir Brooks' access to closed government archives, combined with his own wartime experiences and the recollections of many of those involved. This second volume of a two part set is an account of the clandestine sea transport operations off the southern coast of France, French North Africa and the Adriatic including the operations in Italian and adjacent waters. With the Germans occupying most of France and with much of the rest of mainland Europe in Axis hands, these operations by the 'secret flotillas' in ferrying agents and Allied escapers were vital for keeping open the links with Britain. In addition to operations off French North Africa this second volume also includes descriptions of operations in the Adriatic around Italy. More than half of the 390 operations in Italian and adjacent waters were carried out by Italian vessels with Italian crews. It was a contribution to the Allied war effort which ought not to be forgotten.

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Preface
Foreword
Acknowledgements
Introduction
The Polish Predicament
Mass Evacuation from the Marseilles Area and the FIDELITY Tragedy
Operations from Gibraltar to Morocco: July-October 1941
Krajewski's Operations to Western Algeria: October 1941-January 1942
Krajewski's Further Plans for Operations to North Africa and Southern France: December 1941-March 1942
Operations from Gibraltar to Southern France: April-June 1942
The Coast Watching Flotilla and the Polish Special Operations Group
Problems and Methods of Operating from Gibraltar to the South of France
Operations by Seawolf, Seadog and Tarana: July-September 1942
Last of the Polish Evacuation Missions
The Changing Strategic Context in the Western Mediterranean
Renewed Priority for Operations to French North Africa
SOE and OSS Prepare for TORCH
The Last Phase of the CWF's Operations: October-November 1942
Final Preparations for TORCH
Unsuccessful Attempts to Revive Felucca Operations
Operations by Sea for SIS and SOE in Tunisia
Clandestine Sea Transport Operations in the Western Mediterranean after TORCH
Missions to Sardinia and Corsica: January-March 1942
Last Missions to Corsica before the Italian Armistice and its Liberation
Operations from Bastia
Early Operations in the Adriatic and Southern Italy
(i) African Coastal Flotilla (Adriatic) (ii) The Ferry Service
SOSO(A) Taranto
A Pyrrhic Victory
Leghorn 1944: The ACF's last phase
Clandestine Sea Operations to and from Nice
Epilogue Notes
Clandestine Sea Operations from Gibraltar to French North Africa and the South Coasts of France and Spain
Sea Operations Analysis - West Coast Italy and Islands except Corsica
Sea Operations Analysis - Adriatic (including Eastern Italy, Yugoslavia, Albania and Greece
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780714653143
ISBN-10: 0714653144
Series: Government Official History Series, : Book 2
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 460
Published: 16th April 2004
Publisher: F CASS PUBN
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.49 x 16.36  x 4.27
Weight (kg): 0.95
Edition Number: 2