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.