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Fond memories rekindled,
This review is from: Secret Army: The Complete First Series [DVD]  (DVD)
I first saw the series, as a child, in the 1970s when originally broadcast. Then, I could not really comprehend my mother's fascination with the series. Now, some 25 years later, fully appraised of my own family's wartime role in Luxembourg (where on a much smaller scale Allied airmen were sent down the line, in circumstances of great danger to both the handlers, safe-houses and airmen themselves), and having heard many stories of bravery, cruelty and betrayal, not dissimilar to those depicted in the series, I can fully appreciate what happened during those horrendous years of terror.
My mother found the series compelling and accurate: she was, during the war, a teenager living on a farm in Luxembourg (the farm being one of the safe houses) and her future brother-in-law one of the handlers who risked his life in the Resistance, and later became a hotelier, rather like Albert! The village churchyard has two R.A.F. headstones to this day: 2 young men who were, unfortunately, not so fortunate. We still lay wreaths every November.
The series is a fine fictional, but based on true accounts, record of a remarkable achievement by Belgian (and Luxembourgeoise) individuals of great courage in the face of adversity and all of us who enjoy our freedom now owe them a debt of gratitude.
The acting is superb, the storylines accurate, chilling and compelling, and this will count as one of the finest of the BBC's productions of the 1970s.