This is the amazing story of Platoon X - the Jewish commandos in World War II who fought in the most secret unit of Britain's special forces, whose story was not known until today,
June 1942. The shadow of the Third Reich is cast over a continentEurope. In their desperation, Winston Churchill and his Chief of Defense Staff formulate an extraordinary plan: a new commando unit to be made up of Jewish refugees who fled to Britain. The volunteers are people with diverse backgrounds - intellectuals, artists and athletes, most of them from Germany and Austria. In England, many of them were arrested for being "foreigners from enemy countries", after losing their families, their homes and in fact their whole world. They will do everything in their power to defeat the Nazis. The members of the unit undergo training in combat and counterespionage, and their unit is known as "Fleet X". Some simply call it a "suicide squad".
Leah Garrett relies on in-depth research, which includes interviews with the last surviving members of the unit, and in her book follows the group of fighters on their way from Germany to England and back - a path that passes through British detention camps, the beaches of Normandy, the battlefields of Italy and the Netherlands, and the nightmarish landscape of the Theresienstadt concentration camp - the place where One of the most dramatic rescue stories of the war took place. Unit X unfolds for the first time the amazing story of this unit of fighters and the decisive blows it landed on the heads of the Nazis.
Leah Garrett is a professor and head of the Institute of Jewish Studies at Hunter College, City University of New York. Garrett is also an emeritus professor at the University of Warwick, England. This is her fifth digit.