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Today in World War II History—Dec. 11, 1942

Commandos in canoes rowing toward Bordeaux, December 1942 (Royal Marines photo)

Commandos in canoes rowing toward Bordeaux, December 1942 (Royal Marines photo)

75 Years Ago—Dec. 11, 1942: “Cockleshell Heroes” Raid: British commandos, who had landed in France from a submarine on Dec. 7 and canoed up the Gironde River, damage six ships in Bordeaux; two of the ten commandos survive.

First US military personnel arrive in Iraq and Iran.

2 Responses to “Today in World War II History—Dec. 11, 1942”

  1. Pat_H

    FWIW, I think those are actually kayaks. The British made use of them for this purpose.