A group of amputee soldiers are training in sea kayaks off Poole preparing to retrace one of the most heroic missions of the Second World War. Operation Frankton saw Royal Marines paddle into Bordeaux and plant mines on German ships.
It inspired the film the Cockleshell Heroes. This expedition's been organised by New Forest charity the Pilgrim Bandits, which helps injured soldiers through physical challenges.
A memorial will be unveiled later today in honour of the so called Cockleshell heroes. In December 1942 ten Royal Marines travelled in canoes to launch a raid on enemy ships in Bordeaux. The marines trained and lived in Southsea.
Lord Paddy Ashdown will unveil the memorial in the grounds of the Royal Marines Museum in Eastney to mark the 70th anniversary of the Cockleshell Heroes formation.
The daring deeds of the Cockleshell Heroes have been commemorated once again today after blue plaques were unveiled in Portsmouth. The plaques can be seen on two houses where the Royal Marine Commandos trained for their 1942 mission to destroy German shipping at Bordeaux Harbour.