Edward Wilkinson (1902-1944), code name " Alexander", AUTOGIRO network SOE. Received a call that 2 of his comrades were in big trouble. He suspected a trap, but would not stay without acting. Richard Heslop, France Antelme, and Francis Suttill "Prosper" himself, adjure "Alexander" not to go to the appointment. Antelme and another member of the network, see "Alexander" and his childhood friend enter the Café Le Globe, boulevard de Strasbourg, but do not see him come out. They were arrested.
Sonia Olschanesky (1923-1944). Born Chemnitz, Germany. French Resistance worker recruited to SOE in France. Administrator and Courier, Juggler/Robin Circuit (a sub-Circuit of Physician/Prosper Circuit). Arrested in January 1944 and interrogated by the Gestapo in Paris, then sent to Fresnes Prison. Later transferred to Karlsruhe. On 6th July 1944 she was taken to Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp and executed. She was 20.
Andrée Borrel (1914-1944) joined the French Resistance helping British airmen shot down over France to escape through the "underground railway" back to Britain. Later she became the first female agent of the SOE to be parachuted into Occupied France during WWII, to become part of Francis Suttill's Prosper network. Suttill was impressed with Borrel's performance and in the spring of 1943 she was made second in command of the Paris network. She was arrested 23 June 1943
Armel Guerne (1911-1980) was a poet and translator. During World War II, he ceased all his literary activities to devote himself to resistance actions: he joined the Prosper-PHYSICIAN network of the SOE of Francis Suttill "Prosper". With the collapse of the network in June 1943, he was arrested by the Gestapo and interned in the Fresnes prison, Royallieu camp near Compiegne. After this he was sent to Buchenwald, where he managed to escape and make it to London.
Peter Ortiz | actor - Joined French Foreign Legion for 5 yrs service. Awarded Croix de Guerre twice. Re-enlisted, wounded & imprisoned by Germans, escaped & went to US. Joined Marines & commissioned 2nd Lt., then Captain. Conducted reconnaissance for OSS, wounded by German patrol. Became member of OSS. Twice parachuted into German occupied France on missions, 2nd time taken prisoner of war, til end of war. Rose to rank of colonel. Was most highly decorated OSS member.
Jean Moulin (1899-1943) was a leader of the French Resistance during World War II. In June 1943, he was arrested in a suburb of Lyon, interrogated and tortured by Gestapo leader Klaus Barbie in Lyon and Paris. He never revealed anything to his captors and subsequently died near Metz on a train to Germany. Many historians believe that Klaus Barbie personally beat Moulin to death.
Eliane Plewman, Croix de Guerre, KCBC (1917-1944). Born in Marseilles, France. Joined SOE in 1943, parachuted into France in 1943. Courier, Monk Circuit. Cover Identity Eliane Jacqueline Prunier, codenames Gaby, Dean, Madame Dupont. Arrested in 1944, interrogated and tortured by the Gestapo in Marseilles, sent to Fresnes Prison, and then to Karlsruhe. Later she was transferred to Dachau, where she was executed on 13th September 1944. She was 26.
La Résistance française ~ The Maquis - Guerrilla Warfare. The French Resistance played a vital part in aiding the Allies to success in Western Europe - especially leading up to D-Day in June 1944. The French Resistance supplied the Allies with vital intelligence reports as well as doing a huge amount of work to disrupt the German supply and communication lines within France. ~ No glorification, no heroism, just history. by Amsterdam Today via flickr