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

ISBN 9780714653143
Published April 3, 2004 by Routledge
392 Pages

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Book Description

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.

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.

Table of Contents

1. The Polish Predicament  2. Mass Evacuation from the Marseilles Area and the FIDELITY Tragedy  3. Operations from Gibraltar to Morocco: July-October 194  4. Krajewski's Operations to Western Algeria: October 1941-January 1942  5. Krajewski's Further Plans for Operations to North Africa and Southern France: December 1941-March 1942  6. Operations from Gibraltar to Southern France: April-June 1942  7. The Coast Watching Flotilla and the Polish Special Operations Group  8. Problems and Methods of Operating from Gibraltar to the South of France  9. Operations by Seawolf, Seadog and Tarana: July-September 1942  10. Last of the Polish Evacuation Missions  11. The Changing Strategic Context in the Western Mediterranean  12. Renewed Priority for Operations to French North Africa  13. SOE and OSS Prepare for TORCH  14. The Last Phase of the CWF's Operations: October-November 1942  15. Final Preparations for TORCH  16. Unsuccessful Attempts to Revive Felucca Operations  17. Operations by Sea for SIS and SOE in Tunisia  18. Clandestine Sea Transport Operations in the Western Mediterranean after TORCH  19. Missions to Sardinia and Corsica: January-March 1942  20. Last Missions to Corsica before the Italian Armistice and its Liberation  21. Operations from Bastia  22. Early Operations in the Adriatic and Southern Italy  23. (i) African Coastal Flotilla (Adriatic) (ii) The Ferry Service  24. SOSO(A) Taranto  25. A Pyrrhic Victory  26. Leghorn 1944: The ACF's Last Phase  27. Clandestine Sea Operations to and from Nice

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The late Sir Brooks Richards served with the Special Operations Executive (SOE) in the Second World War. After his retirement he was recalled to serve as security and intelligence co-ordinator in the Cabinet Office and then in the Northern Ireland Office.