The exceptional exploits, courage and leadership of British SOE Agent Trotobas have long been recognised in France but not in his own country despite being recommended for the Victoria Cross. Captured on his first mission, Trotobas led a mass break-out from Mauzac Internment Camp and eventually returned to England. He immediately volunteered to return and established and ran a resistance group around Lille and the Pas de Calais for a year. As the Nazis closed in, he refused to leave the French men and women who had shown him complete loyalty. He paid the ultimate price, fighting to the death rather than undergo capture. As well as describing the operations of the Sylvestre-Farmer circuit, the authors record the rivalries and intrigues that sprang up culminating in betrayals and extraordinary demand for the court martial and execution of the Circuit’s British second in command.
AGENT MICHAEL TROTOBAS AND SOE IN NORTHERN FRANCE
One of the best books on the activities of a circuit within the French Resistance.Trotobas is relatively unknown in Britain, but he is highly celebrated in Lille where his Farmer/Sylvestre circuit was based. He paid the ultimate price, fighting to the death rather than undergo capture. This is a major addition to the bibliography of the SOE and French Resistance.
Stewart Kent, Nick Nicholas
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Hardback, 288 pages