Freeing France: The Allies, the Resistance, and the JEDBURGHs
KANSAS UNIV LAWRENCE
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General Dwight D. Eisenhower used the Forces Francaises de lInterieur to conduct a guerilla war against German forces during the Allied campaigns in France. The study below examines the Allied politics, the nature and the development of the French Resistance, and the actions of the German forces in France to evaluate how useful the deployment of 93 JEDBURGH teams were in their role to conduct an effective guerilla war aiding Allied military objectives. Disagreements between President Franklin D. Roosevelt and resistance leader General Charles de Gaulle led to Eisenhowers inability to get the most out of the effort. Under certain conditions, Eisenhower and the French with British and American support achieved limited success. Eisenhowers recognition of de Gaulles authority over the Resistance and his and his insistence on placing a French commander in charge of the effort proved to be the single greatest factor in the successes gained with the JEDBURGHs.
- Unconventional Warfare