The French Resistance

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Ottis, Sherri Greene. Silent Heroes: Downed Airmen and the French Underground. Lexington, KY: University of Kentucky Press, 2001.

Seamon, Proceedings 127.9 (Sep. 2001), finds this work to be "a well-documented effort" to focus attention on the "Underground Railroad" lines organized by French resistance units to lead downed Allied fliers to safety.

Paine, Lauran. Mathilde Carré, Double Agent. London: Hale, 1976.

Carré was actually a triple agent, working successively for the French underground, the German Abwehr, and SOE. She is best known in popular literature by one of her underground codenames, "Cat." See also, Carré, J'ai été la chatte (1959); and Young, The Cat With Two Faces (1957).

Poirier, Jacques R.E. The Giraffe Has a Long Neck. Tr., John Brownjohn. London: Pen & Sword, 1995. [pb]

From publisher: The author was an SOE officer. Here, he "describes the everyday life of the Resistance with its tragedies and also moments of comedy."

Porch, Douglas. "The Myth of the French Resistance." MHQ: The Quarterly Journal of Military History 10, no. 2 (Winter 1998): 99-107.

In France, "the belief that popular resistance to the German occupation was general, effective, and necessary became accepted as an article of faith.... In fact, the myth of the military effectiveness of the French Resistance was precisely that -- a myth!... In the end, the Resistance served as a political movement for preparing the assumption of power by Charles de Gaulle."

Pryce-Jones, David. Paris in the Third Reich: A History of the German Occupation, 1940-44. London: Collins, 1981. New York: Holt, Rinehart, 1981.

See review by Walter Laqueur, New Republic 185.16 (Oct. 1981).

Rémy (pseud. for Gilbert Renault-Roulier). Tr., Lancelot C. Sheppard. Memoirs of a Secret Agent of Free France. Vol. I: The Silent Company, June 1940-June 1942. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1948.

According to Pforzheimer, Studies 5.2 (Spring 1961), this is the first of six volumes from the wartime Resistance leader. It "[d]escribes his escape from France and his joining the Free French Intelligence Service in London, his trips back to set up an agent net, and his second escape with his family."

Rieul, Ronald. Soldier into Spy. London: William Kimber, 1986. [Chambers]

Rochester, Devereaux. Full Moon to France. New York: Harper & Row, 1977.

Romans-Petit, Henri [Col.]. Les Maquis de l'Ain. Paris: Hacette, 1974.

Rossiter, Margaret. Women in the Resistance. New York: Praeger, 1991.

The stories include that of OSS officer Virginia Hall.

Rougeyron, André. Tr., Marie-Antoinette McConnell. Agents for Escape: Inside the French Resistance, 1939-1945. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press, 1996.

Surveillant 4.4/5: The author worked in Normandy to rescue downed Allied airmen and get them into the underground pipeline. Captured and sent to Buchenwald, he escaped and eventually made contact with British troops. He died in 1967.

Ruby, Marcel. F Section SOE: The Story of the Buckmaster Network. London: Leo Cooper, 1988. London: Grafton, 1990. [pb]

Saward, Joe. The Grand Prix Saboteurs: The Extraordinary Untold Story of the Grand Prix Drivers Who Became British Secret Agents During World War II. [France]: Morienval Press, 2006.

From publisher: This is the "true story of how three motor racing stars of the 1920s and 1930s worked together as British secret agents during World War II in Occupied France."

Schoenbrun, David. Soldiers of the Night. The Story of the French Resistance. New York: Dutton, 1980. Maquis: Soldiers of the Night. The Story of the French Resistance. London: Hale, 1990. [pb]

Moore, I&NS 7.2, writing about the later edition, says that this is "a lucid and highly readable" narrative history of the French Resistance organizations. The big problem is that there are no footnotes or citations. The book serves as "a suitable introduction [to] the subject for the non-specialist with a few insights to interest the specialist as well."

Shiber, Etta. Paris Underground. New York: Scribner, 1943.

See Karen Abbott's post on Smithsonian Magazine's Blog (at: for the story of this American widow's contribution to getting trapped British soldiers out of occupied France. Arrested by the Gestapo in 1940, she was exchanged for a German national in 1942.


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