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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Frontline Books (21 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848325436
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848325432
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 236,405 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. D. M. Kirby on 3 Aug 2009
Format: Hardcover
I'd read Ben Cowburn's book several years ago in its original form; I was impressed then, as I am now, with the wonderfully descriptive and self-deprecating style he possessed. In particular, I loved the description of when Cowburn was cycling along, his panniers packed with high-explosive, when two members of the Feldgendarmarie leapt out at him; the only reason for them doing so, was to test the efficiency of the bicycle's brakes! But I think this latest version benefits from MRD Foot's introduction in which he laments the fact that despite Cowburn's heroic and breathtakingly dangerous exploits as an operative from SOE's `F' Section in wartime, occupied France, he was `fobbed-off' with a military cross; sentiments with which I happen to agree.

If there is a criticism, it's a slight one; I wish Cowburn had given a fuller description of how he adjusted to life in the post-war years and since the original book was written in 1960, there's no reason why he shouldn't have done.

But that criticism shouldn't detract from the book - it's the wartime memoirs of a very brave and resourceful man and worth every penny.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By scafftag on 17 April 2012
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This book, unlike many others written before and since about SOE, has the merit of being a first-hand account by a former agent. While I think his views on the strength of french resistance are coloured by his own experiences, the circles in which he moved in France, and the attitudes of the post-war era in which he wrote, (and certainly they do not entirely agree with my own researches on the subject), this is a well and entertainingly written book, which makes light of his own very real heroism and expertise. Well worth a read
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A very spare style and not a lot of detail, but a very honest and moving account of early SOE operations.
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By Steve Daniels on 23 Oct 2014
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Some more detail would not have gone amiss.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pliny on 10 Oct 2013
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An unusual account of life in Occupied France during WW2. Hols the attention but lacks detail. More of a series of recollections which hints at life in an occupied country. Maybe I am mixing it up with another book but if I am, it still says something about this book, ie unmemorable.
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