The Cockleshell Heroes (1956)

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The training of a group of volunteers as commandos to blow up ships in Bordeaux Harbour.

The following statement regarding the story appears after the opening credits: 'The Marines were formed 25th October, 1664. On 29th April, 1802, His Majesty, King George III, directed that they should be styled THE ROYAL MARINES

At a critical stage of the war, fast Merchant ships operating from Bordeaux were seriously endangering the British blockade. For political reasons saturation bombing was rejected: the Navy was unable to penetrate the defences without air cover.

The Royal Marines were given the job.

Portsmouth, England - March, 1942'

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