Irwin, Will, Lt. Col., U.S. Army (Ret.)
Title THE JEDBURGHS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE ALLIED SPECIAL FORCES, FRANCE 1944.
Publisher PublicAffairs, New York, 2005, first edition.
Seller ID 23439
323 pp, large 8vo (9 1/2" H), hard cover in dust jacket. ISBN 1586483072 B&w photographs. "The Jedburghs were a pioneering Special Forces unit, uniquely made up of American, British, and French volunteers. They parachuted deep behind the German lines to assist in the recapture of France in 1944. Dropped in teams of three, the Jeds would rally local opposition to the Germans and conduct guerrilla warfare - sabotage, ambush, and intelligence gathering - ahead of the advancing Allied armies. In doing so, they contributed to the Allied breakout from the Normandy bridgehead and to the rapid advance to the German border. Above all, the Jedburgh teams were trained to survive. The three-man teams could not be certain that their c o m m u n i c ations with London would survive the drop or that any meaningful resupply would be possible. They had to operate alone against extraordinary odds in a country almost entirely occupied by a hostile force, prepared to survive pitched ba tt le s wi th t he Wehrmacht and relentless manhunts by the Gestapo. Nor did they know how long they would have to wait before the Allied front line reached them. It was an enormous test of endurance, cunning, and strength of will." Small bump a t t op co rne r o f f ron t board, tiny bump at top corner of rear board, wrinkling at top/bottom of spine. Dust jacket has light wrinkling at bottom of spine and front flap - also at top/bottom of flap-folds. Very Good-/Very Good