9780670037629

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

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    9780670037629

  • ISBN10:

    0670037621

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2006-05-04
  • Publisher: Viking Adult

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Summary

The thrilling inside story of the secret special operations” mission that paved the way for D- Day—and changed the way America waged war On D-Day, three hundred young American and Allied soldiers were dropped behind enemy lines to launch a secret sabotage mission code-named Jedburgh. Working with the French Resistance, the Jeds” launched a stunningly effective guerrilla campaign against the German war machine. In this compelling narrative, Colin Beavan, whose grandfather Gerry Miller helped direct the operation for the OSS, tells the incredible story of the rowdy daredevils who carried out America’s first special-forces mission.Drawing on scores of interviews with Jeds, Beavan’s history reads like a spy thriller. Dodging Gestapo spies, the Jeds armed and trained fighters who liberated Paris, snarled German transport throughout France, and provided essential cover to the invading Allied forces. Beavan focuses on key figures like William Colby, Stewart Alsop, and John Singlaub—all of whom went on to high-profile postwar careers—and shows how Jedburgh pioneered the specialforces procedures still used in Iraq and Afghanistan today.This gripping history of the original special ops mission makes a major contribution to the literature of American warfare.

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, and Wired.

Table of Contents

LIST OF MAPS ix
A NOTE ON DIALOGUE xv
PREFACE xvii
PART I. DANGEROUS BEGINNINGS
1. SHADOW WAR SETBACK
3(7)
2. RESISTANCE? WHAT RESISTANCE?
10(6)
3. A SPARK OF REBELLION
16(7)
4. UNCLE SAM JOINS IN
23(12)
PART II. THE CALL FOR HAZARDOUS DUTY
5. A SLIM CHANCE
35(10)
6. ANYONE HERE SPEAK FRENCH?
45(6)
7. WE JUST WANT TO FIGHT
51(8)
8. SHRINKS WITH NOTEPADS
59(10)
PART III. MAKING AGENTS
9. KILLING LESSONS
69(7)
10. GIVE HER A RING AND SAY GOOD-BYE
76(6)
11. HAPPY NEW YEAR!
82(6)
12. CLOSE TO MUTINY
88(7)
13. EISENHOWER'S PLAN
95(10)
14. SOME SHIT
105(7)
15. IN CASE OF DEATH
112(9)
PART IV. INITIAL TARGETS
16. SUICIDE PILLS
121(9)
17. FORGET ABOUT VENGEANCE
130(7)
18. BOYS VS. PANZERS
137(7)
19. "ALLES KAPUTT"
144(8)
20. BLOWING TRAINS TO BITS
152(7)
21. BACK IN ACTION
159(7)
22. NAPOLEON'S HAT
166(9)
PART V. PREPARING THE FIGHTERS
23. MANNA OF WEAPONS
175(5)
24. WHAT WOULD DAD THINK?
180(6)
25. INSUBORDINATION
186(11)
26. THE BREAKOUT APPROACHES
197(6)
27. "IN GRAVE DANGER"
203(8)
PART VI. FRANCE EXPLODES
28. COBRA STRIKE
211(8)
29. "A MESSAGE OF THE HIGHEST IMPORTANCE"
219(8)
30. FLYING BODY PARTS
227(8)
31. ARRESTED
235(8)
32. JEDS RAIN DOWN
243(6)
33. LEAVING A MAN TO DIE
249(8)
PART VII. STOPPING THE GERMAN ESCAPE
34. SOUTHERN UPRISING
257(8)
35. WITHDRAWAL
265(3)
36. LIKE SHOOTING QUAIL
268(7)
37. "PURIFICATION"
275(8)
38. SURRENDER
283(9)
EPILOGUE 292(7)
ACKNOWLEDGMENTS 299(6)
APPENDIX: THE JEDBURGH TEAMS AND THEIR MEMBERS 305(10)
NOTES 315(50)
SOURCES 365(18)
PERMISSIONS 383(2)
INDEX 385

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