The Jedburghs were a group of American, British and French soldiers that were specially trained for covert operations and guerrilla warfare to assist and support the liberation of France by Allied Forces during World War II. The book, Operation Jedburgh: D-Day and America's First Shadow War, highlights the history, training and actions of these men who were instrumental in the success of the Allied Forces in driving the Germans out of France.
This book was highly enjoyable. The author had me engaged the entire time and I had many revelations during the book in which my prior learnings about the war in France began to solidify. The author was able to tell the stories of individual Jeds, their teams and the operations in which they engaged with their bands of French resistance groups while at the same time very clearly painting a sweeping picture of the troop flow through France and how the Jedburgh teams assisted in their movement and success. I found myself cheering on the Jed teams and the American's as I turned the pages, eager to learn what would come next.I also found myself shocked in reading the graphic descriptions of the brutal acts that mankind is capable of committing in a time of war.
Overall, the book was exciting and very well put together. It portrayed just how important the Jedburghs were in holding the Germans back from more quickly advancing to Normandy to meet the troops of Operation Overlord, how they flanked and protected Patton's troops as the Third Army made its way to Brittany and then eastward, how they helped stage Operation Dragoon from the inside of France, ensuring the ease and success of the Allied Invasion into the south of France and how they ultimately obtained the surrender of General Elster, the leader of the last major force of Germans in France as they assisted managing the German retreat from France. Of the books that I have read so far on the Allied Invasion, this one was one of the best and most important.
About the Author
I have completed 38 GORUCK events including 3-GORUCK HCL's, and have done a variety of other endurance events including Ironman Maryland 140.6 two times. I am a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and health coach, scientist, minimalist, nature lover and single mom but on a more basic level, I'm just a woman in her 40's that likes to push her limits and write stuff sometimes. This blog is a way of sharing some of my experiences and insights.