Herbert Hasler and John Mackinnon blue plaque in Portsmouth
The Cockleshell Heroes
The Officers who launched the Commando raid on Bordeaux Harbour in 1942 lived in this house whilst training at the Lumps Fort at Southsea. Only two survived to make it home, of the others, two were drowned, six were captured and executed.
Erected by Portsmouth City Council on the 70th Anniversary of the Raid.
Lieutenant Colonel Herbert George "Blondie" Hasler, DSO, OBE (27 February 1914 – 5 May 1987) was a distinguished Royal Marines officer in the Second World War. In December 1942 he led a small commando raid against Axis shipping in Bordeaux. He was responsible for many of the concepts which ultimately led to the post-war formation of the Special Boat Service. After the war he became a notable yachtsman, contributing especially to developments in single-handed sailing.