A 2001 novel by Ken Folett, ''Jackdaws'' follows LaResistance in Nazi occupied France on the eve of D-Day. Felicity "Flick" Clairet has been tasked to blow up a key telephone exchange, but finds herself up against a Nazi intelligence officer named Dieter Franck who is determined to stop her.
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!!Contains examples of:
* AnyoneCanDie: [[spoiler:In the end, only two of the Jackdaws make it back, the rest dying during the mission or being carted off to a death camp]].
* BoxedCrook: Ruby, though the SOE is very careful to make it so the charges have not been dropped to keep her from running away.
* {{Crossdresser}}: [[spoiler:"Greta" is actually a gay man who can pass well enough to fool most people]].
* ElectricTorture: Dieter and Major Becker both make use of it.
* EyeScream: [[spoiler:Flick puts a knife in Dieter's eye, and while it doesn't kill him the epilogue strongly implies that it gives him brain damage]].
* GirlsLove: [[spoiler:Maude and Diana]]
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Greta distracts Franck by revealing that [[UnsettlingGenderReveal he's really a man]] just long enough for the charges to go off]].
** Also [[spoiler:Michel honks the horn of the car to warn Flick that the Nazis are in the field, and in the process gets shot]].
* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Erwin Rommel and Bernard Montgomery both make appearances.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: [[spoiler: Major Becker ends up being electrocuted by his own torture device.]]
* LesCollaborateurs: Stephanie is loyal to Dieter because he saved her from a death camp, and helps him root out the Resistance. [[spoiler:Later she's RewardedAsATraitorDeserves by Flick with a bullet to the head]].
* PetTheDog: Dieter's rescue of Stephanie, which arguably makes the other atrocities he commits all the more horrifying.
* PottyEmergency: One of Dieter's more creative forms of interrogation is to give [[spoiler:Mlle. Lemas]] lots of tea, put her with a bunch of polite young radio operators and then refuse her access to the bathroom until she talks.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: The Jackdaws are composed mostly of women who were rejected from various branches of the military, and in Ruby's case are prisoners.
* UsefulNotes/{{Romani}}: Ruby is one. She's not particularly honest and was actually taken out of jail to help the unit, [[spoiler:but she's one of the only members of the unit to make it out alive]].
* TooDumbToLive: [[spoiler:Maude and Diana]] run off to The Ritz in Nazi occupied Paris in the middle of the mission to go on a date. Needless to say Flick is ''not'' amused.
* TortureTechnician: Dieter Franck is a pro, and scoffs at the SS men's inefficient methods such as hitting the victim in the head, which he points out is extremely counter-effective since it'll most likely confuse or brain damage the person they're trying to interrogate.
* WantedPoster: [[spoiler: Dieter has one of Flick produced after he acquires her photograph.]]
* WigDressAccent: After [[spoiler:Flick sees that Franck has plastered her photo all over Paris]] she pays a prostitute for her black wig and darkens her eyebrows with a makeup pencil.
* YourCheatingHeart: In the beginning of the book Flick discovers that Michel is cheating on her with Gilberte when she finds his razor in her apartment.
* YourTerroristsAreOurFreedomFighters: Discussed by the character, and Flick has no illusions that what she's doing is anything less than terrorism against the Nazis.
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