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Special Operations: AAF Aid to European Resistance Movements, 1943-1945

Special Operations: AAF Aid to European Resistance Movements, 1943-1945, by Harris G. Warren (1947). 259 pages.

Representative questions that can be answered with this resource:

  • Where can I find maps of drop zones used to supply Resistance cells?
  • What were some of the propaganda periodicals dropped by the Allies?
  • What were enemy soldiers expected to take away from “One Minute That Could Save Your Life?”
  • Where did the Maquis operate? What did they do?
  • What was it like to be on a flight to supply the Greek Resistance?
  • What was it like to be an Allied officer fighting with the French Resistance?


From the forward:

The study describes special operations of the AAF in both the European and Mediterranean theaters, giving the background of the resistance movements; the establishment of Allied agencies and air units to aid the Underground; the planning and execution of the missions; supply operations to western Europe, the Balkans, Italy and Poland; infiltration and evacuation of personnel; and propaganda-leaflet missions from the United Kingdom and Italy. Twenty-three appendixes contain detailed analyses, while a number of maps and charts illustrate the problems encountered in these special operations.

This work has potential to inform activities and characteristics of fictional resistance groups in many eras.


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