Operation Axtell

This was a pair of Allied naval deception undertakings, of which neither was implemented, to facilitate the passage of convoys between the UK in the west and India and Australasia in the east (August/September 1943).

The first iteration of the plan was based on a notional increase in the number of Allied anti-submarine vessels operating in the Mozambique Channel, and the second to lure a U-boat wolfpack into the area round the Cape of Good Hope. Neither iteration was implemented as the success of 'Husky' (i) had opened the Mediterranean to Allied shipping, and thereby reduced the importance of the convoy passage round the Cape of Good Hope.