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The Jail Busters The Secret Story of MI6, the French Resistance and Operation Jericho by Robert Lyman

The Jail Busters The Secret Story of MI6, the French Resistance and Operation Jericho

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The true story behind one of the most audacious raids of World War Two.

The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. On 18 February 1944, nineteen RAF Mosquito bombers executed a low-level precision attack on the walls of Amiens Prison. The raid, codenamed Operation Jericho, freed hundreds of French Resistance operatives. Until then, Resistance networks in northern France had been buckling under pressure from the Gestapo and the Abwehr. However, many of its groups were backed by the British intelligence services, such as this one organised by Dominic Ponchardier, many of whose comrades were incarcerated in Amiens Prison. The subsequent raid saved many Frenchmen from near-certain death, and reassured the Resistance that they had not been forgotten. Here, Robert Lyman utilises previously unseen resources as he tells the compelling story of this mission and examines MI6’s wider association with the French Resistance.


The Jail Busters The Secret Story of MI6, the French Resistance and Operation Jericho by Robert Lyman

In February 1944, the French Resistance in the Amiens area was in turmoil. Its strength had been decimated by German aggression and the work of a number of traitors in their midst, and hundreds of its members languished in the city's formidable jail, awaiting an almost certain death at the hands of their captors. When two Allied intelligence officers were incarcerated alongside them it became clear that immediate action was imperative. What followed was a precision air attack on the prison, of hitherto unrivalled daring, carried out by the RAF's elite 2nd Tactical Air Force. These pilots' bravery and skill created a breach in the prison's walls that allowed the Nazi's captives to break free. Whilst many were recaptured, and controversy over the true reasons for the raid's authorisation rages to this day, Operation Jericho remains one of the most audacious and innovative missions ever flown.


Unbearably tense . . . will make you feel proud to be British--Daily Express 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

About the Author

Robert Lyman is a respected military historian and his previous books include The Longest Siege: Tobruk and the Battle for Africa, 1941, Slim, Master of War and Operation Suicide. He lives in Berkshire, England.

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Publication date

2nd July 2015


Robert Lyman

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Quercus Publishing


352 pages


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Second World War
European history
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