Operation Newton

This was a British special forces operation by the French 3rd Régiment de Chasseurs Parachutistes (3rd Special Air Service) to reinforce the existing ‘Dickens’ (ii), ‘Harrod’ and ‘Moses’ SAS parties in the Champagne and Burgundy regions of German-occupied France (19 August/11 September 1944).

The party of 57 men and their Jeeps, under the command of Lieutenant Guy de Combaud Roquebrune, was delivered by parachute into its operational area and proved very successful (often in conjunction with the leading elements of the advancing US forces) in its primary task of harassing the German forces as they retreated eastward through France.