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The Underground and Civilian Heroes.

 

Thousands of Allied airmen were eventually captured, well over 10, 000 spent the remaining years of the war in P.O.W.  stalag camps and concentration camps. But many also found the greatest help from French and Belgian civilians willing to risk their lives to help any of those in need, they loyally protected, fed and sheltered them until their escape could be made. Others made very brave and courageous plans to assist the Allies in whatever way they could, as many fearless Belgian and French Underground members took up the torch of Freedom and began their own battle with the enemy, despite the curfews and the German order to “shoot anyone on sight”…they were more than ever determined to carry on the fight. There came from the ashes of war men and women devoted to the Liberation of the Allies who were fighting on their behalf, they gave every conceivable possession the assist them in their fight against this evil oppressor…even their own lives…!!!

Once the underground were be contacted the Allied soldiers and airmen were whisked away to “safe houses” there to be secretly moved under the most dangerous of conditions, to get them somehow back to England. They sometimes had to wait weeks, moving from house to house until the escape line was ready to accept them. Thus escape lines were quickly arranged via the use of families, loyal friends and helpers. This alone proved a massive task to overcome as the Gestapo were constantly searching, arresting, and torturing any they considered to be involved in helping with the escape of the “enemy”. As dangerous as it was, and in fear of their own lives and those of their families, they began the battle to outwit the Germans with their own Brave encounters of assisting the downed aircrew and soldiers, spiriting them away right under the noses of the hated and dreaded Gestapo. They devoted their own money and lives to get these men out of the country to Freedom… whatever the cost…and the cost was very high…!!!

There are many, many more unbelievably true accounts of the Heroism and Courage displayed by these men and women who suffered the most inhospitable, inhumane, and horrific conditions while trying to evade capture, from prisons to the horrors of concentration and death camps. These are but a few of the most incredible men and women who escaped the confines of Hitler’s terror regime…Basil Embry, Derek Lang, George Millar, Charles E. McCormac, John King, Harry Peuleve, Virginia Hall, Robert Anthony Carson, James Dowd, Anthony Snell, John Whitley, Cyril Rofe, Georges Begue, Nancy Wake, Harry Wheeler. The list is unending…They are all Great Heroes and Heroines of the Second World War and Their Bravery Remains with us Today…!!! 

The civilians and their families who were caught either previously assisting or in the process of helping any Allied aircrew or soldiers evade capture, as it was a capital offence, were either immediately shot on the spot by the German executioners or taken away for brutal interrogation and torture. More horrific and atrocious was the barbarity of Germans, for they held the children at gunpoint in a hope of extracting any information from them or the parents, thus creating an unspeakable emotional torture for them all. Desperate and horrified were the fathers and mothers for they were completely helpless as their babies were shot first, then the young children. If nothing was revealed then the wife was shot next, and lastly the father. Such was the sadistic evil nature of the barbaric German S.S. Whole families were executed in minutes.

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