With Allied invasion imminent, Cécile and her team are sent into France to destabilise Nazi operations. With in-fighting within the Resistance and their lives on the line, they must make decisions that could cost them everything, for not all their enemies are German.
Who can you trust when operating behind enemy lines?
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)
- Kate Bradley, author of To Keep You Safe
A.K. Turner, author of Body Language
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