Secret Flotillas

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

By Brooks Richards

© 2004 – Routledge

498 pages

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Hardback: 9780714653143
pub: 2004-03-03
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About the Book

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

About the Author

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.

About the Series

Government Official History Series

The Government Official History series began in 1919 with wartime histories, and the peacetime series was inaugurated in 1966 by Harold Wilson. The aim of the series is to produce major histories in their own right, compiled by historians eminent in the field, who are afforded free access to all relevant material in the official archives. The Histories also provide a trusted secondary source for other historians and researchers while the official records are not in the public domain. The main criteria for selection of topics are that the histories should record important episodes or themes of British history while the official records can still be supplemented by the recollections of key players; and that they should be of general interest, and, preferably, involve the records of more than one government department.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS027150
HISTORY / Military / Naval