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Dédée and the Comet Line,
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This review is from: Little Cyclone (Coronet Books) (Paperback)
'Little Cyclone' was the nickname given to Andrée de Jongh by her father. She was generally known amongst the Resistance just as Dédée. In 1941 Dédée and her father set up the Comet Line to smuggle Allied servicemen from Belgium across France and the Pyrenees to the British Consulate in Bilbao. From there the British took them onward to Gibraltar and then flew them home.
Hundreds of people worked for the line, and about thirty of them are mentioned by name in this book. (Some are mentioned by two names - real name and codename.) The most important figures are described more fully.
The book was first published in 1954. Airey Neave clearly had great affection and admiration for the organisation, and I suppose it was written as a token of gratitude. Possibly, therefore, it's not a completely objective account. For example, Dédée's character comes across as implausibly perfect in my opinion; we don't hear about any foibles or weaknesses. Nevertheless it's a very exciting story and a great legend of the twentieth century.
(Evader by Derek Shuff looks at the line from a different perspective.)