Courage and Endurance

SPECIAL FORCES | SECOND WORLD WAR

Gavin Mortimer describes how men from the Special Boat Squadron defied the Germans in Greece, at great personal cost.

November 1943 had not been a successful month for the Special Boat Squadron (SBS). Stationed on the Greek Dodecanese islands of Leros and Samos as garrison troops, they had been helpless when the Germans launched a full-scale invasion by sea and by air. The only saving grace had been their skilful evacuation of the two islands, while thousands of Allied soldiers from other regiments fell into enemy hands.

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