The Jail Busters: The Secret Story of MI6, the French Resistance and Operation Jericho Hardcover – 31 Jul 2014
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Heroism, adventure, tragedy, a superman hero and the loathsome Boche. This comprehensive retelling of the story has not lost any of its firepower Daily Mail"
Unbearably tense . . . will make you feel proud to be British Daily Express" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Breaking down the prison walls to give them the chance to escape needed more than just extraordinary flying skills. The decision itself needed the kind of moral courage that only very special people possess. The latter part of the book, the attack on the prison, makes all the previous detail very worthwhile in as much that you feel you know the people who are in there and what they are facing.Read more ›
Lyman, Robert 31 Jul 2014
In the new year of 1944 the French Resistance in northern France was on its knees. Relentless attacks on its diverse and disorganised networks by the Gestapo and the Abwehr had put many of its best operatives in prison, or worse. But in the lead up to Operation Overlord, 'D Day', the Resistance had never been more important to the Allied war effort, and many groups were in the pay of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, MI6. One such was organised by a patriot called Dominic Ponchardier. For months he had watched helplessly as his friends and colleagues had been swept up by the Nazi drag net, and cast into the old prison on the eastern outskirts of Amiens. In desperation he asked his MI6 handlers for help, and once London agreed it led to one of the most daring missions of the war.
On the morning of 18 February 1944, nineteen Mosquito bombers flew at low level across the channel, skimming just above the ground to drop their bombs on sections of the walls of Amiens Prison. Hundreds escaped, scores of whom evaded recapture to continue the fight against Nazi repression. It was an epic of precision bombing, in which one of the most notable RAF heroes of the war, Group Captain Charles Pickard, lost his life. Robert Lyman's book reveals, from previously unseen sources, the full truth of MI6's involvement in the French Resistance, and narrates in vivid detail a stirring tale of courage and skill.
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I purchased this book without realising that it was in fact a very detailed historical account. It is very apparent having since read the book that, the events, places, people and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This was a very good book and revealed quite a lot of facts which were unknown. I really enjoyed reading it andit was a revelation reading about the Mosquite.Published 3 months ago by jeff
I should declare an interest. I have written about the AMIENS RAID in various journals, including the now defunct Battlefields Review (and appear in the Acknowledgements). Read morePublished 5 months ago by Nicholas Bird
An excellent review of many of the different views and theories about the raid. Of all the books on the topic this one gives the most believable reasons behind the raid and rather... Read morePublished 16 months ago by martin
This is an outstanding, well written and researched book that covers not just Operation Jericho but also provides many insights into the relationship between, and activities of... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Robin Horsley
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