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.
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Thorough scholarly account on Amiens Prison raid
Yes, to refer back to notable moments and some of the deeply researched details. There is a lot about the French Resistance in the area north of Paris and a lot of attention to all the contributing forces that were needed to make the decision to mount the spectacular airborne raid at all.
Not that kind of book.
The account was read with authority and pace.
Yes, the mosquito aircraft.
- Peter MacLeod