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Accidental Agent

Behind Enemy Lines with the French Resistance

By (author) John Goldsmith
Format: Hardback
Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Published: 18th Oct 2016
Dimensions: w 146mm h 244mm d 18mm
Weight: 475g
ISBN-10: 147388781X
ISBN-13: 9781473887817
Barcode No: 9781473887817
John Goldsmith's wartime exploits are all the more remarkable considering that at first his services were consistently refused due to his being over 30. Not easily deterred he eventually became a tank driving instructor in the ranks. In 1942 accidental circumstances saw his recruitment into Buckmaster's F Section of the Special Operations Executive. His faultless French and upbringing in Paris were to prove invaluable. Commissioned overnight and after intensive training he was parachuted into France for the first of his three missions. His adventures included crossing the Pyrenees, sabotage, forming his own circuits, being captured by the Gestapo, a daring escape and black-marketeering. In 1944, now a Major, he was advisor to the Maquis in the Mont Ventoux area where they fought the Germans in pitched battles and won. Although this refreshingly modest account does not admit to it, Goldsmith's extraordinary war is best summed up by his DSO, MC, three Croix de Guerre and Legion d'honneur. Accidental Agent is as thrilling an account of war behind enemy lines as has ever been written.The author's descriptions of his experiences and the many colourful characters he came across are a joy to read.

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