Friday, December 7, 2012




Operation Frankton is launched from HMS Tuna

Major 'Blondie' Hasler leads one of the two men canoes during training for Operation Frankton. The other man may be William Sparks.

It was around two in the morning and we were falling behind schedule. The orders had been plain; no man’s jeopardy should put the mission in peril. The Major was having to make swift decisions, and I could see that he was tormented. He could not just leave the two men there to fend for themselves in the freezing water. They would die for sure.