Silent Heroes: Downed Airmen and the French Underground (Hardback)
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Silent Heroes: Downed Airmen and the French Underground (Hardback)

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Hardback 224 Pages / Published: 01/06/2001
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In the early years of World War II it was an amazing feat for an allied airman shot down over occupied Europe to make it back to Britain. By 1943 they had a 50 percent chance of evading capture. An estimated 12,000 French civilians helped make this possible.

Publisher: The University Press of Kentucky
ISBN: 9780813121864
Number of pages: 224
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 20 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"This carefully researched text tells a story at once romantic, factual, and ennobling. Emblematic of the truly significant sacrifices and triumphs of a passing generation." -- Kirkus Reviews


"Ottis has written the only comprehensive study on escape and evasion in Western Europe in the last thirty years, and she does so with powerful stories of courage, taken directly from those who participated in the resistance." -- McCormick (SC) Messenger


"Flypast A very valuable book." -- NYMAS Newsletter


"Tales of French underground resistance units are a familiar element of World War II history. The 'Underground Railroad' lines organized to lead the downed fliers to safety rarely have earned equal attention. This book is a well-documented effort to make up for that omission." -- Proceedings


"A valuable addition to the 'hidden' history of WWII, showing us the men, women, and sometimes children who helped Allied airmen evade capture.... The first documented study of escape routes in almost 30 years." -- Publishers Weekly


"She makes the individual Frenchmen -- the heroes of her book -- live, and the reader goes hand-in-hand with the helpers as they face the tension, uncertainty, and danger associated with aiding their allied charges." -- Register of the Kentucky Historical Society


""Undoubtedly one of the most stirring accounts of the assistance rendered downed American and British flyers shot down over France and Belgium.""This is one book that needs to be read and re-read for its lessons in survival, evasion, and escape from would-be captors.""Well-written and superbly documented." -- Leo J. Daugherty III, World War II Quarterly" -- Leo J. Daugherty III, World War II Quarterly

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