Spirit of Resistance

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2009-04-29
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword
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After a childhood in England, Harry Peulevé is recruited for SOE F Section by Maurice Buckmaster. His first mission is to set up a circuit (SCIENTIST) near Bordeaux. Harry breaks his leg on landing and, after numerous adventures and close escapes, crosses the Pyrennes on sticks in December 1942. He is imprisoned, escapes and eventually reaches the British Embassy, Madrid. He arrives back in London with Violette Szabo. He is sent back to France to establish a Maquis group. Again initially he avoids capture despite their group being infiltrated. He hasconsiderable success with the Maquis as well as running an escape route.He is betrayed and captured on 21 March 1944. Tortured at Avenue Foch by the Gestapo he gives no information away. Held in Fresnes, where Szabo also now captured is; they meet while being moved to concentration camps in Eastern Europe.Sent to Buchenwald, he avoids execution by switching identities helped by an SS Doctor. He escapes after transfer to a work camp and is able to surrender to the Allies while on the run. By now he was in a terrible physical and mental state. He recovered partially and lived an unsettled life overseas before dying in Seville in 1963.This is the first biography of an exceptionally brave and able SOE agent.

Table of Contents

Foreword by M.R.D. Footp. vi
Preface and Acknowledgementsp. vii
Author's Notep. xi
Mapsp. xii
Originsp. 1
Frustrationsp. 10
The Racketp. 18
Scientistp. 35
Cartep. 47
Violettep. 64
Grandclémentp. 71
Authorp. 84
Vindicationp. 102
Retributionp. 118
Buchenwaldp. 143
Escapep. 163
Peacetimep. 179
Epiloguep. 189
DSO Citationp. 191
Croix de Guerre Citationp. 193
SOE agents in Francep. 195
Glossaryp. 199
Notes and Referencesp. 203
Documentary Sourcesp. 210
Bibliographyp. 213
Indexp. 217
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