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Maquis: The French Resistance at War (CASSELL MILITARY PAPERBACKS) [Paperback]

George Millar
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In constant danger, and often with little equipment, saboteur-commander George Millar led his group of the Maquis on a series of cloak-and-dagger adventures which challenge the imagination. Trains were mysteriously wrecked, roundhouses destroyed, equipment sabotaged. Captain Millar's story is one of resource, endurance and hairbreadth escapes, of astonishing success and only occasional tragedy.

Millar's fellow Resistance fighters include swashbuckling Boulaya; Pancheau, the soft-eyed, brilliant leader; the daredevil Le Frise; the American Paul, whom all the women adored; and many nameless men from all walks of life who lived and trained in the wooded hillsides of France.

The tale of George Millar's wartime adventures which led him to join the Maquis, including escape from the Germans and a hair-raising trip across Europe, is told in HORNED PIGEON, also in Cassell Military Paperbacks.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix; New Ed edition (9 Mar 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0304365432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0304365432
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The story of the Resistance in France 1944, told by one of the movement's leaders

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George Millar won the DSO and MC during the Second World War. He fought in North Africa, was captured by the Germans but managed to escape back to England in time to join SOE. He was parachuted into France in June 1944 to coordinate resistance behind enemy lines. He wrote two volumes of wartime memoirs, Maquis and Horned Pigeon, then several sea stories (he is an accomplished yachtsman) before researching and writing The Bruneval Raid.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Gem. One of my favourite books. 9 Sep 2004
The book describes George Millar's experiences as an SOE operative in the Doubs region of Northern France in the last months of occupation, from his training to being parachuted into France, and the end of occupation. The book is written in a style unlike so many other war memoirs, which often see things very much in black and white, good vs evil. George Millar was in a subtle way, I think, far ahead of his time. His Maquis is everything from hilariously funny to terribly sad, and always told from a refreshingly enlightened point of view.
I saw him interviewed on television in about 2001. He said something like "When I think about the war I can't help thinking how silly it all was." Mr Millar, for your wonderful book and sincere wisdom, I salute you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent first hand account 25 Mar 2012
By Greg
A very well written book vividly bring to life the work and daily dangers faced by a British agent working in occupied France. Recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping stuff 24 Dec 2011
The constant fear of being captured by the Gestapo, the claustrophobia of life cut off from the world in the Maquis, the all-pervading atmosphere of menace, the different political factions of the Resistance, the ambivalance of an occupied population, the hatred for a brutal enemy, the black comedy of war conducted by amateurs, the physical degradation of life in the rough, the inspiring moments of humanity and heroism, the absurd mixture of war and everyday life, the desperation of limited resources - all conveyed superbly in this book.
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