Operation Loyton was the codename given to an SAS mission in the Vosges department of France during the Second World War.
The mission, between 12 August and 9 October 1944, had the misfortune to be parachuted into the Vosges Mountains, at a time when the German Army was reinforcing the area, against General George Patton's Third Army. As a result, the Germans quickly became aware of their presence and conducted operations to destroy the SAS team.
In the immediate post WWII years, the SAS was officially disbanded in an act of petty spite by a British military establishment that hated its maverick ways. But it was the men of Operation Loyton who defied the top brass and secretly kept The Regiment going, ensuring its survival as the unrivalled military strike force it still is today.
With their supplies running out and under pressure from the German army, the SAS were ordered to form smaller groups to return to Allied lines. During the fighting and breakout operations 31 men were captured and later executed by the Germans. Story Mail Online
A key operation in the history of the SAS.
Indeed. However the DM reported this as an 'untold story' and 'little known'. It has been written about in books and TV documentaries on it for years.
brave soldiers who died protecting not only their country but France. If it wasn't for them we may not have the elite force we now have
could we all remember the terrible price many ordinary French people paid for their support of the allies?