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Description - The Jedburghs by Will Irwin

The Jedburghs tells the story of a pioneering Special Forces unit, uniquely made up of American, British, and French volunteers. They parachuted behind the 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 served in the modern U. S. 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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Book Details

ISBN: 9781586484620
ISBN-10: 1586484621
Format: Paperback
(210mm x 140mm x 19mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: PublicAffairs,U.S.
Publisher: The Perseus Books Group
Publish Date: 10-Oct-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Will Irwin

Will Irwin retired from the United States Army in January 2000 after a career of more than twenty-eight years, half of that in Special Forces. He received a B.A. in history from Methodist College and a master of military arts and sciences degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. He has done graduate work in modern European history at the University of Kansas and has served as a research fellow at the RAND Corporation. He now works as a defence contractor. Born in Iowa, Irwin lives in Valrico, Florida.