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    DescriptionIn the new year of 1944 the French Resistance in northern France was on its knees. Relentless attacks on its diverse and disorganised networks by the Gestapo and the Abwehr had put many of its best operatives in prison, or worse. But in the lead up to Operation Overlord, 'D Day', the Resistance had never been more important to the Allied war effort, and many groups were in the pay of Britain's Secret Intelligence Service, MI6. One such was organised by a patriot called Dominic Ponchardier. For months he had watched helplessly as his friends and colleagues had been swept up by the Nazi drag net, and cast into the old prison on the eastern outskirts of Amiens. In desperation he asked his MI6 handlers for help, and once London agreed it led to one of the most daring missions of the war. On the morning of 18 February 1944, nineteen Mosquito bombers flew at low level across the channel, skimming just above the ground to drop their bombs on sections of the walls of Amiens Prison. Hundreds escaped, scores of whom evaded recapture to continue the fight against Nazi repression. It was an epic of precision bombing, in which one of the most notable RAF heroes of the war, Group Captain Charles Pickard, lost his life. Robert Lyman's book reveals, from previously unseen sources, the full truth of MI6's involvement in the French Resistance, and narrates in vivid detail a stirring tale of courage and skill.


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    Title
    Jail Busters
    Subtitle
    The Secret Story of MI6, the French Resistance and Operation Jericho
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert Lyman
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 352
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 34 mm
    Weight: 765 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781782065364
    ISBN 10: 1782065369
    Classifications

    BIC subject category V2: HBWQ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DDF
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW, HBJD, JWG
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027140, HIS013000, HIS027100, HIS037070, TEC025000
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJH, 1DDF
    DC23: 940.542142625
    Thema V1.0: NHWR7, JWCM, NHD, NHWL
    Publisher
    Quercus Publishing Plc
    Imprint name
    Quercus Publishing Plc
    Publication date
    31 July 2014
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    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.