Operation Jedburgh : D-Day and America's First Shadow War

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  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2007-04-24
  • Publisher: Penguin (Non-Classics)

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A thrilling account of one of the most important covert operations of World War II In 1943, less than a year before D-Day, nearly three hundred American, British, and French soldiers—shadow warriors—parachuted deep behind enemy lines in France as part of the covert Operation Jedburgh. Working with the beleaguered French Resistance, the Jeds” launched a stunningly effective guerrilla campaign against the Germans in preparation for the Normandy invasion. Colin Beavan, whose grandfather helped direct Operation Jedburgh for the Office of Strategic Services, draws on scores of interviews with the surviving Jeds and their families to tell the thrilling story of the rowdy daredevils who carried out America’s first specialforces missions— forever changing the way Americans wage war.

Author Biography

Colin Beavan is the author of Fingerprints: The Origins of Crime Detection and the Murder Case That Launched Forensic Science. He has written for Esquire, the Atlantic Monthly, Men-'s Journal, Wired, and many other national magazines.

Table of Contents

List of Mapsp. ix
A Note on Dialoguep. xv
Prefacep. xvii
Dangerous Beginnings
Shadow War Setbackp. 3
Resistance? What Resistance?p. 10
A Spark of Rebellionp. 16
Uncle Sam Joins inp. 23
The Call for Hazardous Duty
A Slim Chancep. 35
Anyone Here Speak French?p. 45
We Just Want to Fightp. 51
Shrinks with Notepadsp. 59
Making Agents
Killing Lessonsp. 69
Give Her a Ring and Say Good-Byep. 76
Happy New Year!p. 82
Close to Mutinyp. 88
Eisenhower's Planp. 95
Some Shitp. 105
In Case of Deathp. 112
Initial Targets
Suicide Pillsp. 121
Forget About Vengeancep. 130
Boys vs. Panzersp. 137
"Alles Kaputt"p. 144
Blowing Trains to Bitsp. 152
Back in Actionp. 159
Napoleon's Hatp. 166
Preparing the Fighters
Manna of Weaponsp. 175
What Would Dad Think?p. 180
Insubordinationp. 186
The Breakout Approachesp. 197
"In Grave Danger"p. 203
France Explodes
Cobra Strikep. 211
"A Message of the Highest Importance"p. 219
Flying Body Partsp. 227
Arrestedp. 235
Jeds Rain Downp. 243
Leaving a Man to Diep. 249
Stopping the German Escape
Southern Uprisingp. 257
Withdrawalp. 265
Like Shooting Quailp. 268
"Purification"p. 275
Surrenderp. 283
Epiloguep. 292
Acknowledgmentsp. 299
The Jedburgh Teams and Their Membersp. 305
Notesp. 315
Sourcesp. 365
Permissionsp. 383
Indexp. 385
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