A Special Boat Section team at Hillhead, Hampshire, shortly before leaving for Algiers, 1944
Photograph, World War Two, Home Front (1939-1945), 1944.
The Special Boat Section was formed in July 1940. Its men used folding canoes in a number of small-scale raids against railways, port facilities and airfields in Scandinavia and the Mediterranean. They also carried out beach reconnaissance missions, including ones for the cancelled invasion of Rhodes (1941) and the Operation Torch (1942), Salerno (1943) and Anzio (1944) landings in North Africa and Italy.
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Copyright: J P Foot
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