Operation Benson

This was a British special forces operation by the Belgian Independent Parachute Company (5th Special Air Service) near Estrée St Denis in France (28 August/1 September 1944).

The task of this six-man group, under the command of Capitaine Gilbert Sadi-Kirschen, was to collect intelligence information about German troop dispositions and movements in the area.

The men of the party suffered several injuries as they landed by parachute and, after making contact with the local French resistance unit, were taken to a doctor who had on the previous day stolen from a German officer a map containing detailed information about German dispositions and strengths along the line of the Somme river. The party became involved in a firefight with a German patrol that stumbled over it, but broke off the action successfully and transmitted to headquarters the gist of its information.