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Operation Jedburgh: D-Day and America's First Shadow Warby Colin Beavan
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The thrilling inside story of the secret special operations mission that paved the way for D- Dayand 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 Americas first special-forces mission.
Drawing on scores of interviews with Jeds, Beavans 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 Singlauball of whom went on to high-profile postwar careersand 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.
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.
The author of "Fingerprints: The Origins of Crime Detection and the Murder Case That Launched Forensic Science" pens the thrilling, inside story of the secret "special operations" mission that paved the way for D-Day and changed the way America waged war.
About the Author
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.
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