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The Jedburghs: The Secret History of the Allied Special Forces, France 1944 Paperback – 10 Oct 2006

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  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: PublicAffairs (10 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586484621
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586484620
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 1.9 x 23.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 701,492 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"A gripping and authoritative account of the soldiers whose exploits formed the basis for modern special warfare." -- General Wesley K. Clark

"Will Irwin's timely chronicle of [the Jedburgh's] many hair-raising missions will delight both military history buffs and those looking for a genuine page-turner." -- Alex Kershaw


This is the incredible story of The Jedburghs - a little known band of men who played a crucial role in the liberation of France during World War II. "The Jedburghs" tells the story of a pioneering Special Forces unit, uniquely made up of American, British and French volunteers, who parachuted behind German lines to assist with 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. Through enormous endurance, cunning and strength of will, they contributed to the Allied breakout from the Normandy bridgehead and to the rapid advance to the German border. Will Irwin, who has served in the modern US Army Special Forces himself, has selected seven of the Jedburgh teams and told their stories as gripping personal narratives, offering a new perspective on the D-Day landings. The result is a vivid drama of the battle for France from deep behind enemy lines.

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