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This would continue until all the necessary identity papers and special passes were forged and train tickets obtained, allowing them to travel into the Unoccupied Zone of Southern France. Then clothes and shoes which were fabricated in France or Belgium were provided for their disguise, they would be thoroughly searched before departing on the journey for it was imperative that no English money or keepsake, memento, even a lucky charm that many airmen carried, especially their favourite English cigarettes were found on them, for if they were searched by the Gestapo they would be signing their own death warrants. It would be necessary to concoct a story as to why they were traveling to the destination stamped on the train ticket, perhaps they were visiting a sick aunt or family member in the town or city where they were headed, once thoroughly questioned and the story clear in their mind, they would at last be ready and the journey would start. Only few of the many evaders could speak French be it very poorly, the English and American accents could be immediately detected by the Gestapo, then all could be lost. All evaders hoped that whatever confronted them they would not have to answer any questions...they had to remember this well as their very life could depend on it.
From the moment they left the safe house and made their way to the station they knew at once they were all in the hands of hope and fate as they stepped into the unknown. They all realised that a long tiring journey was ahead, it would become fear inducing coupled with extreme anxiety as their lives now lay in the hands of the escape line members guiding them to the freedom they were so desperate for.

A great escape plan was implemented and sprung into action, as over 1, 000 of the networks loyal followers would be ready and waiting throughout Belgium and France all along the escape route at railway stations and safe houses for the expected arrival of the “parcel”, moving them along the escape route right up until they arrived at their destination, a town very near the Spanish border...and then onto Freedom. Once aboard the train they were finally on their way, but the journey itself was fraught with every danger as the “parcels” had to appear calm and unnerved by the constant fear and trepidation that they encountered when asked for their train ticket, I.D papers, or passes, especially if the Gestapo were on board. Anything could give them away to the eagle eyed Secret Police, if their mannerisms were incorrect or a mistake in answering any questions were given, it would see them arrested, interrogated, and tortured, and more than likely they would be executed as spies. Whatever the consequences or however tired they were the journey would not be over until they were safely in Gibraltar, there they could rest and at long last try and relax.

There are some incredible accounts of the journeys encountered by Dedee as she was known, and her equally Brave and Courageous Family and Loyal Friends… This is part of the true story of the “Comete Line” to whom so many owe their lives and their futures to. This escape network would at the end of the war be heralded as the greatest escape network in the Resistance Movement.

 

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