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The X Troop: The Secret Jewish Commandos of World War II



by
Leah Garrett

Edition
Hardcover edition
Publisher
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Imprint
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN
9780358172031
POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Genocide , Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War , Language: Grotesque/Disturbing Imagery , Illustrations/Images: Disturbing Imagery , Discrimination: Xenophobia
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The incredible World War II saga of the German-Jewish commandos who fought in Britain’s most secretive special-forces unit—but whose story has gone untold until now.

June 1942. The shadow of the Third Reich has fallen across the European continent. In desperation, Winston Churchill and his chief of staff form an unusual plan: a new commando unit made up of Jewish refugees who have escaped to Britain. The resulting volunteers are a motley group of intellectuals, artists, and athletes, most from Germany and Austria. Many have been interned as enemy aliens, and have lost their families, their homes—their whole worlds. They will stop at nothing to defeat the Nazis. Trained in counterintelligence and advanced combat, this top secret unit becomes known as X Troop. Some simply call them a suicide squad.

Drawing on extensive original research, including interviews with the last surviving members, Leah Garrett follows this unique band of brothers from Germany to England and back again, with stops at British internment camps, the beaches of Normandy, the battlefields of Italy and Holland, and the hellscape of Terezin concentration camp—the scene of one of the most dramatic, untold rescues of the war. For the first time, X Troop tells the astonishing story of these secret shock troops and their devastating blows against the Nazis.Map of 1938 Europe. Afterword. Appendix of principal figures. Notes. Index. Black-and-white photographs and reproductions.

 

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE AREAS
Violence: Genocide , Violence: War/Harsh Realities of War , Language: Grotesque/Disturbing Imagery , Illustrations/Images: Disturbing Imagery , Discrimination: Xenophobia

Details

Format

Print

Page Count

368

Trim Size

9" x 6"

Dewey

940.54

AR

0: points 0

Genre

Nonfic

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

Sep 2021

Book Genres

Autobiography/Biography

Topics

Peter Masters (1922–2005). Manfred Gans (1922–2010). Colin Edward Anson (1922–2016). Great Britain. Combined Operations Command. No. 10 (Inter-Allied) Commando No. 3 Troop. World War II (1939–1945). Commando operations. European campaigns. Great Britain secret service. X Troop. Special forces. Military history. Refugees. Detention camps. Jewish history. Jewish identity. Antisemitism. Xenophobia. Secret identities. 

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