The Special Boat Service in World War II

World War II saw many extraordinary stories of daring, particularly covert raids with small numbers of men in canoes. One of the most daring raids was against German shipping anchored in the excellent natural harbour on the island of Leros. Six men in double canoes crept into the harbour overnight and planted limpet mines on the ships before retreating to the nearby island of Kalymnos.

James Henderson of A Life of Adventure followed the trail of these raiders from Kos via Kalymnos to Leros for the Financial Times' magazine How to Spend it. You can read his story Kayaking in the Aegean here