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

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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.


 

About Colin Beavan

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Colin Beavan is the author of two previous books that have absolutely nothing to do with the environment: Fingerprints: The Murder Case That Launched Forensic Science and Operation Jedburgh: D-Day and America’s First Shadow War. His writing has appeared in Esquire, The Atlantic, and The New York Times. He lives in New York City.
 
Published April 24, 2007 by Penguin Books. 432 pages
Genres: History, War. Non-fiction

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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.

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