John Hoehn’s “Commando Kayak” follows the intriguing story of the invention and development of the Hoehn Folboat as used by Australian special forces units in the Second World War. These portable, lightweight folding watercraft – hence the name ‘folboat’ – were designed by John’s father Walter in the pre-war years, and used in clandestine raids behind enemy lines. With meticulous research, the author traces the manufacturing, testing and use of these silent craft, and the bureaucratic intrigues and mismanagement that saw the inventor himself receive very little from his years of effort and commitment to war effort in his adopted country. This is a fascinating account of an iconic piece of military equipment, and the personal experiences of many who participated in its development and use. Softcover.
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