War se­crets set­tle in Freo

Joondalup Weekender - - News -

A RARE, orig­i­nal copy of a top-se­cret World War II man­ual is now calling Fre­man­tle home.

For­mer head of the UK’s Spe­cial Boat Ser­vices Bri­gadier Jonathan Thom­son ear­lier this year pre­sented the top-se­cret Sleep­ing Beauty mo­torised sub­mersible ca­noe op­er­a­tions man­ual to WA Mu­seum chief ex­ec­u­tive Alec Coles at a cer­e­mony at the Mar­itime Mu­seum.

The mu­seum said Bri­gadier Thom­son had do­nated the rare doc­u­ment in recog­ni­tion of the Mar­itime Mu­seum’s ded­i­ca­tion to de­scrib­ing the work of Al­lied com­mando units dur­ing the war.

The mo­torised sub­mersible ca­noe, which could be seen op­er­at­ing out of Cock­burn Sound, was de­signed to al­low a diver to con­duct re­con­nais­sance or sab­o­tage mis­sions in­side har­bours.

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