D-Day and America's First Shadow WarBook - 2006
The thrilling inside story of the secret special operations mission that paved the way for D- Dayand 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 campaign against the German war machine. In this compelling narrative, Colin Beavan, whose grandfather Gerry Miller helped direct the operation for the OSS, tells the incredible story of the rowdy daredevils who carried out Americas first special-forces mission.Drawing on scores of interviews with Jeds, Beavans history reads like a spy thriller. Dodging Gestapo spies, the Jeds armed and trained fighters who liberated Paris, snarled German transport throughout France, and provided essential cover to the invading Allied forces. Beavan focuses on key figures like William Colby, Stewart Alsop, and John Singlauball of whom went on to high-profile postwar careersand shows how Jedburgh pioneered the specialforces procedures still used in Iraq and Afghanistan today.This gripping history of the original special ops mission makes a major contribution to the literature of American warfare.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2006.
Branch Call Number: 940.5486 BEA
Characteristics: xxviii, 401 p.,  p. of plates : ill., map.
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