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This is how it began…

 

The arduous and hazardous journey had taken about a week, but her stamina sustained her every effort to reach her destination. The distance covered from Brussels to Bilbao was over 1218 kms / 758 miles…that is not including the crossing of the vast mountain range which could take any amount of time, usually eight hours if all “was well”. If detours were taken to avoid the Spanish police and German guards it could take much longer. When the weather was bad the journey would become one of utter misery especially if it was raining heavily or snowing, as the whole party would be cold and soaked through. These journeys across the mountains were taken whatever the weather. They would venture over during the scorching summers, the pouring rains and violent thunderstorms, when dreaded fog and mist enveloped everything in minutes, to the freezing blizzards of winter. It would always take far longer than expected for these long tiresome dangerous journeys could easily take twenty hours or more. Whatever the season the Comet Line continued their task of pure Heroism… the “parcels” were precious, and their integrity in their task never wavered. The Consulate was amazed at the tenacity of this young girl, suspecting it was a Gestapo trap wanted proof of her so called capabilities…hence, she asked the consulate to meet the three men waiting outside to explain their circumstances and how they had been “saved” by this young woman. She had proved beyond all doubt her worth, for the three men were now free, soon to be sent to Gibraltar and Home…!!!

Once the account was revealed and the importance of its value realized, MI9 in London soon took command of all the financial aid necessary for the instigation of the escape line…Thus, from this first encounter and its total success the “Comet Line”…was born…!!!

From then on Dedee and the “Comete Line” had proved their weight not in gold…but in “Diamonds”. This Brave and Heroic underground network was to become one of the saviours of many the Allied men repatriated to England. The first journey went without any problems, there would be many, many more. The escape line was underway and now it could function with the help of the Foreign Office in London. Before long Dedee was back in Brussels and within a short time a new “parcel” was waiting to go, ready for the next trip to Freedom…!!!          

A new Basque guide was employed to assist their crossings of the Pyrenees his name was Florentino…loyal, devoted and trustworthy. He knew every single track and pathway, even on the blackest of nights or during sudden torrential rainstorms and blizzards he would tap his stick or find his footing wearing only espadrilles and lead the party on safely. If the river Bidassoa was flooded it would present severe problems and the party may have to wait many days until the level had dropped before crossing it. He would share all these perils with Dedee, they would cross the mountains dozens of times together in the coming months.

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