The Jedburghs - The Secret History of the Allied Special Forces, France 1944, by Will Irwin
Book published by Public Affairs in 2005, 323 pages. Paperback (N3843)
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This book is the fascinating and immensley readable story of a pioneering SOE unit and their heroic mission in Occupied France in 1944.......
It tells the story of a secretive Special Forces unit, uniquely made up of American, British, and French volunteers, who parachuted behind the German lines to assist with the recapture of France in 1944. Dropped in teams of three, the Jeds would rally local opposition to the Germans and conduct guerrilla warfare-sabotage, ambush, and intelligence gathering-ahead of the advancing Allied armies. Through enormous endurance, cunning, and strength of will, they contributed to the Allied breakout from the Normandy bridgehead and to the rapid advance to the German border.
Will Irwin, who served in the modern U.S. Army Special Forces himself, has selected seven of the Jedburgh teams and told their stories as gripping personal narratives, offering a new perspective on the D-Day landings. The result is a vivid drama of the battle for France from deep behind enemy lines.