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During World War II, Operation Dingson (5–18 June 1944) was a large operation conducted by about 178 Free French paratroops of the 2e Regiment de Chasseurs Parachutistes (2e RCP), also known as 4 SAS, commanded by Colonel Pierre-Louis Bourgoin, who jumped into Nazi-occupied France near Vannes, Morbihan, Southern Brittany, in Plumelec first, on the night of 5 June 1944 (11 h 30), (Captain Pierre Marienne with 17 men), and Saint-Marcel (8–18 June).

They established a base (Saint-Marcel) and began to arm and equip members of local resistance fighters, operating with up to 3,000 Maquis fighters. However, their base was heavily attacked by a German paratroop division on 18 June and were forced to disperse.[1][2]

The Dingson team was joined by the men who had just completed Cooney. Dingson was conducted alongside Lost and Samwest.

Operation Dingson 35A

On 5 August 1944, 10 Waco CG-4 gliders towed by aircraft of 298 Squadron and 644 Squadron transported SAS men and armed jeeps to Brittany near Vannes (Locoal-Mendon), each glider carrying 3 SAS troopers and a jeep. One glider was lost.

The SAS teams remained behind enemy lines in occupied territory until the Allies arrived.


  1. ^ Shortt, James; Angus McBride (1981). The Special Air Service. Osprey Publishing. 14. ISBN 0850453968. 
  2. ^ Beavan, Colin (2006). Operation Jedburgh: D-Day and America's First Shadow War. Viking. 147. ISBN 0670037621. 


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