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The Jedburghs: The Secret History of the Allied Special Forces, France 1944

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  71 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The first full history of the pioneering Special Forces units of World War II, dropped behind German lines into France to assist with the D-Day landings The story of the Special Forces in World War II has never fully been told before, and information about them only began to be declassified in the 1980s. Known as the Jedburghs, these Special Forces were selected from membe ...more
Hardcover, 323 pages
Published September 1st 2005 by PublicAffairs
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Jason Munson
To be honest I expected a lot more from this book. Historians write books with an arguement in mind most of the time or write a book based on factual data. This book lacks in both aspects, no new arguement and not nearly enough information. With as many times as the author cites there is very little elaboration and to much reciting. Additionally, the book is poorly organized, repeats itself very often and lacks for much substance. At just barely 200 pages I feel it was not worth my money and nea ...more
The Jedburgh teams were 3 man teams dropped into Occupied France immediately before and after the Normandy Invasion. Their job was to organize, supply (via airdrop), coordinate with French Resistance elements and collect tactical intelligence.

This book is a welcome addition to the history of WWII ETO Operations. Many books on the war including OSS and SOE specific histories only mention the Jedburgh teams in passing some earlier works saying their activities remained classified. This book tells
A book about some of the bravest men ever to walk this earth. The Jedburghs were a group of men that would not back down to the enemy and would do whatever it took to fight the Nazi's, despite the odds. Will Irwin tells many informative, exciting stories from the experiences of allied soldiers fighting WWII from behind enemy lines. Having been familiar with the resistance movements of occupied countries, I wasn't expecting to learn much more than I already knew, boy was I wrong. Irwin shed new l ...more
Robert Lewis
As a former Green Beret, it's awe-inspiring to read about those who came before me and forged the path for the current Special Forces.

The book doesn't talk much about celebrities, but did you know Julia Child & her husband were in the OSS? There were many celebrities of the age who stepped up when they were called to serve their country.

Makes you wonder if any of the big-mouthed celebrities of today would have the intestinal fortitude.
Samuel Lane
Although not of the genre I would normally read, I found this book captivating. The story is of small teams of Allied soldiers (usually american, british and french) who drop behind enemy lines and attempt to spur the French people into revolution during WWII. Very well written, would recommend to anyone with even a slight interest in war novels.
Darren Sapp
One of the best books on World War II Special Forces I have read. The Jedburghs were three man teams that dropped into France after D-Day and organized resistance forces for guerilla operations against the Germans. Will Irwin thoroughly covers their recruitment and training, offers numerous mini-bios, and gives stirring tales of their missions.
Jul 18, 2007 Tim is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
A cross between a history lesson and a personal record. The author is very dry. What should have been several stories of narrow escapes from Gestapo agents was glossed over as 'they were able to slip by with very little gun-fire.'
Bill & Helene
Helps explain how the war in France was carried out and how easily things could go wrong.
Great book!
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Irwin began his writing career as a humorist with the San Francisco magazine The Lark but quickly moved on to war reporting and nonfiction writing on serious subjects. Managing editor, McClure's Magazine, 1906-07; writer, Collier's Weekly, 1907-08; war correspondent for the London Daily Mail 1914-15, and the Saturday Evening Post, 1916-18. His brother was humorist Wallace Irwin and his wife was re ...more
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