Operation Moses

This was a British special forces operation by the French 3rd Régiment de Chasseurs Parachutistes (3rd Special Air Service) to take over from the ‘Bulbasket’ mission and aid the local French resistance forces near Montmirillon in the Poitiers region of German-occupied France and to disrupt the German lines of communication in the area (3 August/5 October 1944).

Under the command of Capitaine Jean-Salomon Simon, the party of 47 men and four Jeeps was parachuted into its operational area and operated with notable success in inflicting damage on the Germans directly and indirectly, the latter by radioing information to England so that bombing raids could be mounted for the destruction, in one instance, of 400 German vehicles.