Harry Peuleve was one of the many brave SOE Agents who parachuted into German Occupied France in order to recruit, train and lead the fledgling French Resistance. From the start his mission was blighted when he badly fractured his leg after a diffcult landing. Without medical asisstance and with German security forces aware that agents were landing, Harry ordered the French Partisans(French Resistance Fighters) to leave him and make good their own escape.
Meanwhile Harry, realising that he could not fulfill his mission and following numerous problems headed to Spain and crossed the Pyrenees in the Winter with the assistance of a pair of walking sticks only to be captured by Franco's facists and sent to Jail. Undaunted he eventually escaped and returned to UK some 6 months later. Harry volunteered for a 2nd mission and returned to Occupied France. He established teams of French Maquis Resistence to harass the Germans, in this he demonstrated outstanding gallantry and leadership in an engagement with some 400 well armed germans killing some 50 of them before making his escape. Soon after this engagement he was captured and brutally tortured by the Gestapo at Avenue Foch in Paris. He was sent to Buchenwald Concentration Lager and in a bizzare situation during an attack by Allied Aircraft on the train taking him to the Lager, he was reunited with a British Agent who was a good friend, Mrs Violette Szabo, whom Harry had met in London. Violette had similarly been harshly treated when captured and was was assiting other prisoners on the train by handing out water to the starving and thirsty souls held in terrible conditions at the hight of a hot summer, Harry marvelled at her poise and courage despite his own privations, alas he never saw her again as Violette was ulitamtly executed at Ravensbruck Concentration Lager only days before the camp was liberated by the Russian army. John Davidson.