Operation Jedburgh was a clandestine operation in which personnel of the British Special Operations Executive, the US Office of Strategic Services, the Free French Intelligence and Operations Central Bureau and the Dutch and Belgian armies were dropped by parachute into Nazi-occupied Europe to conduct sabotage and guerrilla warfare, and to lead the local resistance forces.
From September 1944 to April 1945, eight Jedburgh teams were active in the Netherlands. The first team, code named “Dudley” was parachuted into the east of the Netherlands one week before Operation Market Garden. The next four teams were attached to the Airborne forces that carried out Market Garden. After the failure of Market Garden, one Jedburgh team trained (former) resistance men in the liberated South of the Netherlands.
In April 1945 the last two Dutch Jedburgh teams became operational. One team code named “Gambling”, was a combined Jedburgh/Special Air Service (SAS) group that was dropped into the centre of the Netherlands to assist the Allied advance. The last team was parachuted into the Northern Netherlands as part of SAS operation “Amherst”.Despite the fact that operating clandestinely in the flat and densely populated Netherlands was very difficult for the Jedburghs, the teams were quite successful.
DUTCH COURAGE Special Forces in the Netherlands 1944-45
A factual account of a subject not extensively written about,the mission of the Dutch Jedburgh section was to arm and support resistance and gather intelligence. They played a key role in several major Allied operations, including Market Garden and the SAS operations Amherst and Keystone. This book tells accurately the story of their recruitment and training and their courageous actions alongside the Dutch Resistance.