Operation Agreement

Operation Agreement

Jewish Commandos and the Raid on Tobruk

General Military
  • Author: John Sadler
  • Short code: GNM
  • Publication Date: 16 Jun 2016
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The Special Interrogation Group (SIG) was the most exceptional of Special Forces. Created to raid behind enemy lines posing as German troops, the SIG was largely made up of German Jews who were all too aware of the dangers they faced - capture meant either death or deportation to a concentration camp. In 1942, Operation Agreement saw the SIG tasked with taking part in a raid on Tobruk, where they were to make up the land-based element of the attack. Disguised as POWs under escort by German-speaking SIGs the group covered close to 1,700 miles of desert to reach their target. The ruse worked perfectly and the SIG went on to destroy a number of coastal guns before eventually being overwhelmed by Axis forces.
This is the history of the SIG, revealing startling details about the group and offering moving insights into the Jewish volunteers putting their lives on the line to fight against the evils of Nazism.

Biographical Note

Douglas John Sadler BA (Hons), M.Phil., FRHistS FSA (Scotl) is a military historian with some two dozen titles in print or preparation; he lectures at the Centre for Lifelong Learning at Sunderland University and is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society and the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland. He is a very experienced and much travelled battlefield tour guide covering most major conflicts in the UK, Europe and North Africa. He knows the ground over which the Desert War was fought. He is also a keen historical interpreter with much experience of delivering history in innovative ways for schools, the community and the media (Clans series for Mentorn). He is married with two grown up daughters and lives in Mid-Northumberland.

Contents

Chronology
Maps
Acknowledgements
Introduction
Chapter 1: Lions of Judah
Chapter 2: War Without Hate
Chapter 3: Swings of the Pendulum
Chapter 4: Fit Only for War
Chapter 5: Operation Topsy
Chapter 6: Across the Sea and Sands
Chapter 7: The 'Desperate Gamble'
Chapter 8: Defeat
Chapter 9: Retribution
Chapter 10: 'A Most Inglorious Episode'
Appendix: Orders of Battle
Notes
Glossary
Bibliography
Index

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