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

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  50 ratings  ·  7 reviews
The thrilling inside story of the secret “special operations” mission that paved the way for D- Day—and 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
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published May 4th 2006 by Viking Adult
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Jun 22, 2008 Paula rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs, fans of intelligence services
I really wanted to like this book. Resistance fighters, secret missions, unknown heroes, tragic tales of bravery and doom - the exact sort of history I love. But Beavan's narrative style just kept kicking me out, like a computer with a cranky network connection. I found it to be jerky and unengaging. I had to struggle to get through this book, as opposed to John Keegan, or even Stephen Ambrose, whose works are often like a good novel I can't put down. I understand Beavan has gone on to fame as t ...more
Very interesting account of the "Jeds" that were dropped into France to train the resistance during the Allied liberation.

I wish it had been longer and recounted more of the Jed experience. (The author mentioned in the epilogue that he didn't include all the experiences he heard from former Jeds)
This book captures the spirit of the men who worked behind enemy lines to prepare the French Resistance for the Normandy invasion. It brings to light an aspect of the war that I had never paid attention to, but which was critical to Allied success. It is very worthwhile reading.
Feb 13, 2008 Mark rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adventure readers and WWII buffs
Recommended to Mark by: A friend in SOA
This book is full of stories of cunning and daring by Americans who were brave enough to parachute into occupied France to direct and work with the French Maquis. Their stories are colorful and thrilling. It is a quick read with one great story following another.
Donnie Edgemon
If you are a student of the history of D-Day or the Resistance, you'll enjoy this book about Allied specialists who parachuted into occupied France to coordinate Resistance activities.
Spies in France. Okay.
I'm a bit partial to this book since my grandfather was one of the Jed's, but this is a great read nevertheless. Not only were their accomplishments incredibly vital to the Allied forces success in winning WWII - they were equated to more than 100,000 regular troops - but the book is well-written and enjoyable to follow, from how many of the American OSS guys came into Operation Jedburgh, their training and their missions after D-Day. Reading about all of the advances and retreats of the armies ...more
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