Cécile, Léonie and Dominique are tasked with operating in Occupied France to destabilise Nazi operations ahead of the Normandy landings. But with in-fighting within the Resistance and their lives on the line, all three will have to make decisions that could cost them everything.
For not all their enemies are German...
I was reading a book about the Jedburghs - special forces units formed of American, British and French volunteers who parachuted behind enemy lines in 3-man teams to assist with the liberation of France in 1944 - and wondered "What if there was an all-female Jed team?"
It mattered less that there wasn't one - the idea began to take shape and my next question was "What if Cécile was part of a Jed team that parachuted into France ahead of the landings?"
The questions kept coming...
"What if she had to function as part of a team, to survive?"
"What if she's the team's wireless operator, at a point in the war when 'pianists' were often caught by the Germans within 6 weeks?"
"What if the danger to her wasn't just from the Germans?"
While I try to stay as close to history as I can, I'll admit that I played with it here. In real life, there were no female Jeds, and their wireless operator was usually non-commissioned and the most junior of the three. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed writing the story and hope you enjoy reading it!
Photo credit: Caen in the aftermath of the battles July 1944, World War II Today (ww2today.com)
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