In 1943, when Italy was on the verge of surrender, Sergeant ‘Tiger’ Tiller, Royal Marines, a member of the highly secret Royal Marine Boom Patrol Detachment, volunteered to join the newly-formed Special Boat Squadron. The SBS was preparing to wage a very special war amongst the Axis-occupied islands in the Aegean.
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An expert in explosives, Tiller was one of the Cockleshell Heroes – a survivor of a raid by British canoeists up the Gironde River. His skills and operational experience were soon to be proved indispensable, when Captain Magnus Larseen’s L Detachment of the SBS – ferried by the Levant Schooner Flotilla – sent patrols into the islands to bolster the Italian garrisons against German infiltration.
For the next two months Larssen and Tiller conducted a perilous piratical war, using whatever methods, weapons and forces were available to them to counter the might of the German Wehrmacht.
Marine B SBS: The Aegean Campaign tells the story, set against the exotic backdrop of the Dodecanese, of the first mission undertaken by one of the founding formations of the modern SBS, and of how its members had to call upon all the resourcefulness, courage and daring at their disposal in their bid to foil the enemy.