The Giraffe Has a Long Neck.
After his period of UK training, Harry Peuleve who had gone back into the Dordogne sent for Jacques. But disaster struck when Harry was arrested and Jacques took over. Later, he was somewhat surprised when his father, a Colonel in the French Air Force, who had been compromised in another part of France, came to join his 'Reseau'. The rest of the book relates in exciting detail not only his own activities but also those of Peter Lake, Cyril Watney, George Hiller and Andre Malraux with whom he worked closely. It is a pity that a young man called Abrahams, who recently appeared on a BBC programme to marginalise the role of French Resistance, did not take the trouble to read this book or indeed the many others which record in stark detail just how much was achieved by hundreds of brave, patriotic, ordinary French men and women.
It is little wonder, although a great surprise to the author, that this book in 1993 won the Prix Foch (the History Prize of the Academie Francaise) and the Prix Litteraire of the Academie de Bordeaux.
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|Date:||Feb 1, 1996|
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