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SOE Hero

Bob Maloubier and The French Resistance

By (author) Robert Maloubier
Translated by Tania Szabo
Format: Hardback
Publisher: The History Press Ltd, Stroud, United Kingdom
Published: 1st Jun 2017
Dimensions: w 158mm h 236mm d 27mm
Weight: 515g
ISBN-10: 0750966076
ISBN-13: 9780750966078
Barcode No: 9780750966078
Robert 'Bob' Maloubier, otherwise known as the French James Bond and as Churchill's Secret Agent, led a life straight out of a spy thriller. At the age of just 19, he escaped occupied France and ended up in England, where he was given intensive training by the Special Operations Executive (SOE). Back in occupied France, Maloubier's SOE duties saw him commit large-scale industrial sabotage in Le Havre and Rouen, suffer gunshot wounds while evading capture and be evacuated in the nick of time by 161 Special Duties Squadron. Always at the centre of the action, just after D-Day he was flown back to France alongside fellow agents Philippe Liewer, Violette Szabo and Jean Claude Guiet, where he operated in guerilla warfare conditions and destroyed vital bridges. After another mission with Force 136 in the Far East, the sheer wealth of experience Maloubier gathered during the war made him a perfect candidate to help found the French Secret Service, for whom he proved invaluable. Bob Maloubier was undoubtedly one of the Second World War's most remarkable, courageous and flamboyant characters. His simply and uniquely told personal account of wartime spent as an SOE agent and with the French Resistance is poignant, brutally truthful, and is told here for the first time in English.

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This book should be read as an inspiration to all generations...His exploits and those of his fellow secret agents in occupied territory represent a tale of courage and daring which should never be forgotten. This book will make sure they are not. -- Paddy Ashdown