Operation Dickens (ii)

This was a British special forces operation by the French 3rd Régiment des Chasseurs Parachutistes (3rd Special Air Service) to cut German rail communications, gather intelligence and organise the local resistance groups near the Forêt de l’Absie in the region of Nantes and Saumur in the western part of German-occupied France (16 July/7 October 1944).

Under the command of Capitaine Georges Fournier, the 65 men were parachuted into the operational area and completed their mission with great success, totally disrupting German rail communications and in the process killing more than 500 Germans and destroying 200 vehicles.