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Spirit of Resistance (Hardback)

The Life of SOE Agent Harry Peuleve DSO MC

WWII Prisoners Of War

By Nigel Perrin
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 240
ISBN: 9781844158553
Published: 19th November 2008



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One of the most determined and courageous secret agents of the Second World War, Harry Peuleve' joined the BEF in 1940 before volunteering for F Section of the Special Operations Executive. On his first mission to occupied France to set up the SCIENTIST circuit, he broke his leg on landing and, after numerous close calls, made an heroic crossing of the Pyrenees on sticks in December 1942. Imprisoned, he escaped and eventually returned to England in May 1943.
He formed a close friendship with Violette Szabo before setting out to train a Maquis group in central France. Despite the Gestapo's repeated attempts to catch him he built up a secret army of several thousand resistance fighters. Eventually betrayed and captured, he was tortured at Avenue Foch but never broken. By coincidence he and Violette met while in captivity before Harry was sent to Buchenwald where he not only avoided execution but also managed to escape reaching American lines in April 1945. Sadly Peuleve never fully recovered from his wartime traumas but nothing can detract from his outstanding courage and contribution.

... the story of his hero's career is an engaging and useful work...

Journal of Military History- April 2009

'We should welcome this addition to the library of F Section histories and be thankful for the opportunity to reflect on the bravery and dedication of one of SOE's heroes'

Special Forces Club News, Spring 2009, Mark Seaman

'The story of Special Operations Executive agent Harry Peuleve is both interesting and at times incredible and the author has done a good job of telling the tale'

Soldier Magazine, 2009

'The author has worked hard to illustrate the hardships of his ordeals and the inhumanity he suffered'

Best of British, February 2009

'This book is a gripping account of the courage and determination of a man subjected to the most appalling conditions and his efforts to survive'

Best of British, February 2009

'The excellent list of reference, documentary sources and bibliography provide the key for the reader who wishes to carry out in depth research into areas of the SOE that particularly interest them. Highly recommended'

The Forces Pension Society, 2009

The story is remarkable, gripping, emotional, sad, inspiring; with a tale that a fiction writer might kill for. This is so much more than a wartime history. It is the story of triumph of the spirit with the depths and highs of a group of very brave individuals. Not a story to miss.

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