John Robertson

Staff member
  • UNIT
4 SAS (1 Company)
  • RANK
Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE), Bronzen Kruis (Netherlands)
NW Europe 1944-45, Bronzen Kruis (Op.Amherst), Legion d'Honneur (Op. Amherst)
parent unit 2 Regiment de Chasseurs Parachutistes
born 25.1.1921, Landeda
Sous Lieutenant + Lieutenant
4 SAS (2 RCP + 2 Squadron + 1 Company) 1943-45
died 09.12.1990


Member of the Order of The British Empire : This officer escaped from FANCE in June 1940 and was one of the young officers with the Fighting French Forces. He joined the 13 Demi-Brigade of the Foreign Legion in GREAT BRITAIN and took part in operations at DAKAR and later in the operations of the Etablissements Francais d'Oceanie.

He joined the French parachutists of the SAS T de in March 1943. He played a brilliant part in the operations in BRITANNY and in the LOIRE district from 6 June 1944 and in the operations in HOLLAND from 7 Apr 45.

He is a magnificent fighter, a leader loved and respected by his men, and a perfect type of Frenchman who has never doubted the justice of his cause.

Bronzen Kruis : He has distinguished himself by courageous and tactful conduct in combat against the enemy on April 7 and 8, 1945, having been dropped behind enemy lines in Drenthe and having fearlessly taken part in the ensuing fighting during which he was wounded. By his conduct, he contributed to the liberation of The Netherlands, thereby serving the interests of the Dutch Government.

Legion d'Honneur : Appriou (Jean), Lieutenant, 25th Airborne Division: high-class parachutist officer. A model of bravery and composure, parachuted into Holland during the night of April 7 to 8, 1945, began a series of ambushes and attacks against enemy convoys and garrisons, killing many enemies, capturing fifty prisoners and an impressive quantity of equipment and showed exceptional quality of leadership to his men during this campaign.

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