An Army of Amateurs

An Army of Amateurs

An Army of Amateurs

An Army of Amateurs

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Many books dealing with the work of the French Resistance have been published on this side of the Channel. Most of them have been the personal stories of gallant men and women, illuminating that corner of the picture that they saw. Here in Monsieur de Vomécourt's book is a wider frame of reference which enables us to see how the spirit and forces of Resistance grew in France first into a gadfly nuisance and ultimately into a serious threat to German security. It shows, too, what it meant to be a member of the Resistance, and what it cost in blood and tears.

Monsieur de Vomécourt is in a good position to tell this story. He was in at the beginning in June 1940 with his brothers. Indeed, they can fairly claim to have been the first organizers and leaders, and Monsieur de Vomécourt tells a truly remarkable story. A story of unquenchable determination, of cold-blooded courage, and of undaunted faith in France.

Although Monsieur de Vomécourt writes, as a Frenchman, mainly of what was done in France, I am glad to see that he makes it clear that the enterprise as a whole was a Franco-British one. He shows how those in "the field," as it came to be known, and S.O.E.

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