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

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

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

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781440679506
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 04/24/2007
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 628,260
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

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.

Table of Contents


List of Maps     ix
A Note on Dialogue     xv
Preface     xvii
Dangerous Beginnings
Shadow War Setback     3
Resistance? What Resistance?     10
A Spark of Rebellion     16
Uncle Sam Joins in     23
The Call for Hazardous Duty
A Slim Chance     35
Anyone Here Speak French?     45
We Just Want to Fight     51
Shrinks with Notepads     59
Making Agents
Killing Lessons     69
Give Her a Ring and Say Good-Bye     76
Happy New Year!     82
Close to Mutiny     88
Eisenhower's Plan     95
Some Shit     105
In Case of Death     112
Initial Targets
Suicide Pills     121
Forget About Vengeance     130
Boys vs. Panzers     137
"Alles Kaputt"     144
Blowing Trains to Bits     152
Back in Action     159
Napoleon's Hat     166
Preparing the Fighters
Manna of Weapons     175
What Would Dad Think?     180
Insubordination     186
The Breakout Approaches     197
"In Grave Danger"     203
France Explodes
Cobra Strike     211
"A Message of the Highest Importance"     219
Flying Body Parts     227
Arrested     235
Jeds Rain Down     243
Leaving a Man to Die     249
Stopping the German Escape
Southern Uprising     257
Withdrawal     265
Like Shooting Quail     268
"Purification"     275
Surrender     283
Epilogue     292
Acknowledgments     299
The Jedburgh Teams and Their Members     305
Notes     315
Sources     365
Permissions     383
Index     385

What People are Saying About This

author of Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin Antony Beevor

An exciting story of the lesser known side of D-Day ... vividly told. (Antony Beevor, author of Stalingrad and The Fall of Berlin 1945)

author of Nuremberg Joseph E. Persico

They were cloaked in shadow, mystery, and a touch of glamour, the Jedburghs, the most intensely secret warriors of World War II. (Joseph E. Persico, author of Nuremberg)

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Guest More than 1 year ago
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