Heroes of the COPP

Discussion in 'History' started by golden_rivet, Sep 4, 2007.

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  1. I've just finished reading a true-life adventure story of the Combined Operations Pilotage Parties that ranks alongside the best achieved by writers of fiction. This force of brave young men whose survivors would celebrate at their reunions by stripping off to go for a swim infiltrated the beaches of Normandy, Sicily and Burma to take soundings, provide soil samples and sketch sandbanks, information which was subsequently used by the invading forces.

    Not many photos but those there are are of young men and the book tells of their weaknesses as well as their strengths. A cracking good read - but terribly sad too to think of the young people who sacrificed their lives.

    You may find old copies in your public library or be able to persuade the nice librarian (as long as they aren't the miserable type like NZbootie) to order it on inter-library loan. Not on amazon but it is listed in abe books (http://www.abebooks.co.uk).

    A cracking good read!!!

    Secret Invaders
    Bill Strutton
    Michael Pearson
    London : Hodder and Stoughton, 1958
  2. I thought librarians were supposed to be "miserable types".
  3. janner

    janner War Hero Book Reviewer

    Is there any mention of the X Boat swimmers GR? They did a lot of the beach testing leading up to D Day

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