Frankton 75 Cockleshell Endeavour

75 years to the day courageous injured Royal Marines and sailors are attempting to recreate the risky Operation Frankton.

Dubbed as a suicide mission, the Second World War operation saw ten men launched in paddling canoes from a submarine; four made it to France.

Op Frankton
Credit: Royal Marines Museum

The ultimate aim was to attach mines to cargo ships, then they had to flee on foot to safety over 100 miles away.

Now, for the first time ever Royal Marines and sailors - some of which have chronic illnesses, post-traumatic stress or physical injuries – aim to complete the same mission in eight days.

18 members of Hasler company will take part in the trail.

It’s hoped Frankton 75 Cockleshell Endeavour will motivate injured men and women in their recovery.