Soldiers retrace heroic mission

A group of amputee soldiers are training in sea kayaks off Poole, preparing to retrace one of the most historic missions of the Second World War.

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Cockleshell Heroes inspire amputee soldiers

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.

We spoke to Mike Witt from Pilgrim Bandits.

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