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This is my story and my Tribute
I first became interested in the S.O.E. after reading an account in a national newspaper of a young British agent George Millar (left) code name "Emile". His story is incredible....at the outbreak of war he was a journalist in Paris and evacuated to England after the fall of France. He joined the Rifle Brigade and was posted to Alexandria, where he went on patrol sorties in an armoured car across the Western Desert, he was captured by the "Afrika Korps" and interned in a P.O.W. camp, near Tripoli.
Georges Molle and George Millar
Georges Molle and George Millar
Vieilley, France 1944. Photo taken soon after a confrontation with the Germans.

From there he was shipped to Italy and spent many months being transferred from one camp to another. On their final journey to a German P.O.W. camp, George and Wally Binns made a daring and successful escape jumping from a moving train. They later made contact with the local Resistance and from there George was passed from contact to contact through France until he reached the French-Spanish border. Here he met the guide who would escort him across the "Forbidden Zone" over the Pyrenees. Once across into neutral Spain he was met by the British Consulate and taken to Gibraltar, where he flew to England. He then joined the S.O.E. and was parachuted into France on the night of June 1st 1944, there to instruct the Resistance in the use of arms and sabotage, and to destroy communication and railway systems in the Besancon area.
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When "Parachutages" (Parachute containers filled with machine-guns, explosives, and weapons of different types) were to be dropped, many local people waited patiently in the cold of the night with their horses and carts listening intently for the distant drone of the expected aircraft carrying their valuable cargo.

When the containers had been dropped, there would be a frenzy of activity to load them onto the carts and depart the dropping zone as quickly as they could, for fear that the enemy would find them, knowing full well that should they be caught after curfew no mercy at all would be shown to them, and execution on the spot was a very real fear.

Resistance fighters
Resistance fighters using weapons
dropped by the allies.

Everywhere, throughout Europe civilians paid a heavy price for their Resistance activities, it is estimated that by the end of the war, more than 150,000 men and women in France alone lost their lives in defying the German forces.

But by their courage and self-sacrifice, they wrote a great and noble chapter in the History of France.
D-day was imminent
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