Agents for Escape: Inside the French Resistance, 1939-1945 by Andre Rougeyron, Marie-Antoinett McConnell

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I felt I could trust her, and after some serious thinking I decided to tell her about Paul and to ask for her assistance. Very frankly I explained to her the risks involved and left it entirely up to her whether she wanted to help or stay out of it. She accepted without hesitation, and for nearly a year she was involved in our activities. She was a good Samaritan to all those who "landed" in my home. Good-natured, she put up with their demands and their Page 21 jokes, not to mention the epic arguments that often broke out.

The school was located along the road down which the German troops were coming, and we were worried about our cars. After a long search, and with the help of a disabled soldier from the other war, we found lodgings in an old château. We hid the car just below our window, buried our fuel, and prepared for the night. The farmer had cleared a large storage room. My plan was to get to England, but this was not possible: I had with me the documents from the factory in Paris, along with securities and other valuables, and I could not abandon the colleagues who had followed me.

He was succeeded by two lieutenants with whom I had no contact. Having resumed my profession as an expert in mechanics, I traveled by motorbike through the Orne, Mayenne, and Manche regions. My professional activity was severely curtailed, and so was automobile traffic. I vainly tried to get in touch either with Resistance groups or with agents in London. During 1941 we saw only transitory German troops in our area, except for those manning the fuel and munitions depots. Other than automobile repair shops (such as Kraffarh-Park), there were no important installations or fixed antiaircraft batteries: at any rate, not much of a "pasture" for an intelligence agent.

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