Operation Jedburgh: D-Day and America's First Shadow War [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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.


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Publishers Weekly
While Hitler considered western European resistance forces a minor annoyance, movies and popular writers invariably extol the havoc they wreaked behind enemy lines, perhaps tipping the balance toward victory. In this vein, Beavan (Fingerprints) delivers a lively account of the immense Allied effort to stir up trouble in occupied France in support of the Normandy invasion in June 1944. Since 1940, the British and Free French had sent agents into France, but the Nazis tracked them down with alarming efficiency. Backed by U.S. leaders, Operation Jedburgh was born in 1943: hundreds of American, British and French volunteers parachuted into France to organize resistance forces and then lead them in a campaign of sabotage and guerrilla action. Many operations failed, but there were plenty of triumphs-perhaps the most spectacular being the surrender of 20,000 German troops in September 1944. Beavan, whose grandfather was a "Jed," interviewed 30 operatives, including former CIA director William Colby and Green Beret founder Aaron Banks, and recounts Jedburgh's exploits through their eyes. This involves a good deal of recreated dialogue and speculation-but it rings true. Historians may not share the author's conviction of Jedburgh's crucial role in the Allied victory, but he makes an entertaining case. (May 8) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440679506
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/24/2007
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 438,544
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet 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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Table of Contents

1 Shadow war setback 3
2 Resistance? : what resistance? 10
3 A spark of rebellion 16
4 Uncle Sam joins in 23
5 A slim chance 35
6 Anyone here speak French? 45
7 We just want to fight 51
8 Shrinks with notepads 59
9 Killing lessons 69
10 Give her a ring and say good-bye 76
11 Happy New Year! 82
12 Close to mutiny 88
13 Eisenhower's plan 95
14 Some shit 105
15 In case of death 112
16 Suicide pills 121
17 Forget about vengeance 130
18 Boys vs. panzers 137
19 "Alles Kaputt" 144
20 Blowing trains to bits 152
21 Back in action 159
22 Napoleon's hat 166
23 Manna of weapons 175
24 What would dad think? 180
25 Insubordination 186
26 The breakout approaches 197
27 "In grave danger" 203
28 Cobra strike 211
29 "A message of the highest importance" 219
30 Flying body parts 227
31 Arrested 235
32 Jeds rain down 243
33 Leaving a man to die 249
34 Southern uprising 257
35 Withdrawal 265
36 Like shooting quail 268
37 "Purification" 275
38 Surrender 283
App The Jedburgh teams and their members
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2006

    great book quick reading

    This is a graet book easy yet informative reading. Auther did his homework when doing the research and interviews for this book . Excellent use of de-classified historical records. Has the narrative flow of a Steven Ambrose book

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 13, 2013

    Ghost

    What about the warrior code?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Jayleaf

    D: Lionblaze hurt them? Why would he do that? He isn't cruel! O.o Poor Nightpaw and Lilyblaze...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Wolfsun

    Very goid but a little bit to fast paced for me and difficult to understand i mean nightcloud dying just like that and nightpaw surviving a little mind wrenching. Wolfsun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Shadows of Day chapter six- Lilyblaze/Nightpaw

    "Lilyblaze take Nightpaw, Ivypool, and Blackwing on a WindClan border patrol" Squirrelflight finshed. Lilyblaze yawned. She couldn't fall asleep last night. "Tired?" Ivypool asked. Lilyblaze nodded. Blackwing joined them. "Where's Nightpaw?" He asked. "I dunno" Lilyblaze shugged. "Here!" Nightpaw meowed. "Good. Let's go" Lilyblaze mewee and led the patrols out of camp. She started through the forest. What if whoever killed Skytail is hiding somewhere here Lilyblaze wondered Anyways why would someone kill Skytail. She's nice and popular among the other clans. What if- "isn't the WindClan border thaat way?" Nightpaw cut in. "She's right" Ivypool agreed. "Oh sorry" Lilyblaze apoligized........ As the patrol arrived at the border, she heard Nightpaw gasp. "Lionblaze!" She called. Lionblaze, who smelled like WindClan hissed. Nightpaw ran up to him. He was a couple tail-lenghs from the border. "Oh no" she heard Blackwing mutter. "Lionblaze! Come back! ThunderClan needs your strenght! Don't join these mangy rabbit-eaters!" Nightpaw meowed despertly. Lionblaze hissed. He smacked her head with his right paw. Nightpaw yowled and fell over. Lionblaze leaped and slashed her ear with a unsheathed claw. Lilyblaze leaped in and at Lionblaze. He swatted her like a badger and she went flying. Pain hit her as she slamed into the ground. Nightpaw yowled in fury and started hitting Lionblaze. He grabbed her paw ad threw her. She landed, on all four paws and ran uo to him. She headbutted him, but he slashed her belly. Lilyblaze got up, struggling, amd leaped in fround of Nightpaw. "Get off WindClan territory, tresspassers" Lionblaze growled. Lionblaze swatted Lilyblaze and she landed on her wound. She heard Lionblaze yowl in fury and passed out____ Nightpaw hissed as she saw he mentor went flying. Lilyblaze! She leapex and got intercepted by Nightcloud. Nightcloud bit down on her arm and slashed her belly. Blood gurgled out and Nightpaw weakly battered her. Nightcloud lifted a unsheathed claw and smiled. She's gonna kill me! With all her strength, Nightpaw bit down on Nightcloud's throat. Nightpaw let go amd Nightcloud fell. Lionblaze ran at her. Nightpaw grabbed Lilyblaze and ran. She left WindClan territory and sighed. "I'll never trust you again!" Nightpaw hissed. "Good" Lionblaze snarled and carried his dead clanmate back. Nightpaw dragged her mentor to camp......... As, Nightpaw entered she gasped. Cat's were fighting foxes. "Fox attack! Bramblestar yowled. Nightpaw leaped ad fell. The world started swaying. "Nightpaw!" A voice yowled as is she was underwater. Red fur blurred her vision. Blood? Or fox fur? Whatever it was, it hissed. Squirrelflight! Nightpaw weakly yowled for help as the darkness consummed her.....

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2010

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