Operation Shakespeare

This was a British special forces operation by the Belgian Independent Parachute Company (5th Special Air Service) to attack German rear-area installations near Tornade to the west of Paris in the north central part of German-occupied France (31 July/15 August 1944).

Under the command of Lieutenants E. Debefve and F. Limbosch, the 22 men of the SAS party were parachuted into their operational area, but the fact that the Germans were pulling back swiftly and the SAS men had no motor transport combined to reduce contact to the barest minimum. However, some value was gained from the operation as the SAS party was instrumental in the recovery of about 150 downed Allied airmen. Another team was dropped into the same area on 7 August.