Vol. II: Clandestine Sea Operations in the Western Mediterranean, North Africa and the Adriatic, 1940-1944
Routledge – 2004 – 498 pages
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.
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
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.