Operation Samson

This was a British special forces operation by the French 3rd Régiment de Chasseurs Parachutistes (3rd Special Air Service) to disrupt German road and rail communications in the region of Limoges in German-occupied southern France, and to bolster the local resistance forces (10 August/27 September 1944).

The 24-man party was parachuted into its operational area and was moderately successful in its task as it destroyed numbers of German vehicles and inflicted about 100 casualties on the Germans.

From 14 September the operation’s task was changed to support of ‘Dickens’ (ii) in the Loire river valley and then outside La Rochelle.