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The Giraffe Has a Long Neck.... Paperback – 1 Jul 1995
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Translated by John Brownjohn, an account of the author's experiences in the Special Operations Executive in France during the Second World War, when he worked alongside Andre Malraux and Albert Camus.
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The (translated) narrative was punchy, with many interesting anecdotes, both new and variations on other stories told, but all appealing. As i said i have read a few of these, but his honest self-deprecating account understates was has been reported elsewhere as a terrific effort after his first circuit organiser was captured by the Germans.
The author was a Frenchman who was known as 'English Jack' by his unsuspecting countryman, who even employed his father (unknown by everyone else) in his circuit/reseau. Following the capture of Harry Peuleve, he quickly took over and supported the resistance maquis so efficiently, that they were the first unit within France to secure the Brive German garrison's surrender, without the assistance of the advancing Allies conventional forces.
At only 176 pages, its a short account, and read in a day, I was really wishing there had been more, but writing in his later years, it was more of a series of concurrent stories than a crafted narrative.
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