16 Aug. Group moved close to Paris-Limoges road. Camp was set up in a wooded area and food was supplied through FTP. The main highway had been cut so ambushes were made on alternative roads in a 10-mile radius from camp. Through an FTP agent Lt. Col. Obolensky contacted the CO, Capt. Clavel, of a French unit in Eguson sent there by the Petain government to hold Eguson in cooperation with the Germans. A meeting was arranged, at which Capt. Clavel informed Lt. Col. Obolensky that he had orders to hold Eguson and defend it from attack. Lt. Col. Obolensky replied he had orders from Gen. Koenig of the FFI to take possession of and hold Eguson for France. He added he was ready to attack with paratroopers. The Captain agreed their objectives were identical. Lt. Col. Obolensky made the point that no attack would be made if the Germans withdrew and left the installation intact. Meanwhile about 200 Maquis and the OGs moved to within a mile of Eguson and set up a position to attack.
17 Aug. German trucks began moving out of Eguson in early morning and Capt. Clavel said the Germans had left for Chateauroux. No attempt was made to molest them. Capt. Cook and a detail blocked the road between Eguson and Argenton by felling trees and blowing a bridge to prevent Germans from returning in case they were attacked before reaching Chateauroux.
20 Aug. To isolate Eguson two bridges were blown south of Eguson at Crozant. One was a triple-span of stone and steel-reinforced concrete. Roads were blocked with felled trees. Eguson was the first town to be liberated by the Group, and the Mayor and French population held a celebration.
21 Aug. OG headquarters moved to the power station.
28 Aug. By this time defenses
for the power plant were strengthened and extended for miles around.
The OGs continued ambushing Germans outside the perimeter of defenses
in the St. Benoit area. Chateauroux was liberated and French troops
and OGs paraded through.
In the first two weeks of
September the Group reconnoitered the routes taken by the retreating
Germans from Poitiers through Chateauroux and Vendoeuvre, in this time
coming in contact with Lt. Grunseth's "Percy Red." Parties
of Germans were reported but no major operations materialized. When
it was believed the last of the Germans had left the area the Group
was directed to return to London. This they did in a C-47 leaving LeBlanc
and arriving in London 13 September, a month after their dispatch.
Summary compiled by John Hamblet.