They were terribly injured serving their country - one of them lost both legs and an arm. Yet a group of amputee soldiers and veterans are planning to honour the fallen of the Second World War by retracing a famous daring mission.
Operation Frankton - immortalised in the film the Cockleshell Heroes - was an attack in 1942 on German shipping in the French port of Bordeaux carried out by a small unit of Royal Marines in canoes. All but two lost their lives.
More than 70 years later a charity has brought together modern day war heroes to make the same gruelling journey. Mike Witt is from the Pilgrim Bandits.
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