New book sheds light on midget submariners’ Far East raid

Author and historian Mark Felton has written a new book, Devils of the Sea, on the little-known Far East missions of the 'midget submariners' trained on and around Bute during the Second World War.

Author and historian Mark Felton has written a new book, Devils of the Sea, on the little-known Far East missions of the 'midget submariners' trained on and around Bute during the Second World War.

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Bute’s role in training the ‘midget submariners’ of the Second World War is fairly well known - but a new book sheds fresh light on a long-forgotten Far East mission by those brave underwater sailors which paved the way for the end of the Second World War.

The achievements of Operation Sable, Operation Foil and Operation Struggle - for which two of those submariners were awarded the Victoria Cross - were largely forgotten in the euphoria which followed the declaration of victory over Japan.

And that’s a wrong which historian and author Dr Mark Felton has done his best to put right through the publication of his new book, The Sea Devils.

Dr Felton, whose previous book, Zero Night, is currently being developed into a Hollywood film, said:“The two Victoria Crosses were the last awarded for actions before the end of the war, and Victoria Crosses are not handed out lightly, but their efforts were overshadowed by the euphoria of VJ Day.

“However, it’s a tremendously exciting story, and it deserves to be told to a much wider audience.”

* Read more from our chat with Mark Felton in this week’s issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, September 3.