Operation Agreement

Jewish Commandos and the Raid on Tobruk

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Although ultimately unsuccessful, Operation Agreement was one of the most dramatic raids of the war in North Africa.

The Special Interrogation Group (SIG) was the most exceptional of Special Forces. Created to raid behind enemy lines posing as German troops, the SIG was largely made up of German Jews who were all too aware of the dangers they faced – capture meant either death or deportation to a concentration camp.

In 1942, Operation Agreement saw the SIG tasked with taking part in a raid on Tobruk, where they were to make up the land-based element of the attack. Disguised as POWs under escort by German-speaking SIGs the group covered close to 1,700 miles of desert to reach their target. The ruse worked perfectly and the SIG went on to destroy a number of coastal guns before eventually being overwhelmed by Axis forces.

This is the history of the SIG, revealing startling details about the group and offering moving insights into the Jewish volunteers putting their lives on the line to fight against the evils of Nazism.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1: Lions of Judah
Chapter 2: War Without Hate
Chapter 3: Swings of the Pendulum
Chapter 4: Fit Only for War
Chapter 5: Operation Topsy
Chapter 6: Across the Sea and Sands
Chapter 7: The 'Desperate Gamble'
Chapter 8: Defeat
Chapter 9: Retribution
Chapter 10: 'A Most Inglorious Episode'

Appendix: Orders of Battle

Product details

Published Jun 16 2016
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 316
ISBN 9781472814890
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 46 b/w
Series General Military
Short code GNM
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

About the contributors


John Sadler

Douglas John Sadler BA (Hons), M.Phil., FRHistS FS…


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