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Book started out with interesting history of airflights into Germany held areas of France during early part of WW2. Most of the last half of the book was details of the spy networks working for the British from Nazi occupied Germany.
For those of us who are children (now old as well) of those ordinary people who contributed and sacrificed so much in WWII, this is an insightful book into the covert operations of the British in cooperation with the French freedom fighters of the resistance. One gains an intimate understanding of the operation of ordinary people doing extraordinary things- this a small thing seemingly on the scale of operations in WWII but no less so important in gaining vital information from France through French operatives brought to British soil and looked after during their time of debriefing and return to France by essentially one woman organizing and running the farmhouse in England where the operatives were brought.
There is so much information that could have been arranged and edited into a highly readable format. The author could not keep my attention and I gave up when he inserted his aunt's randomly written thoughts. What was the purpose? It seems the author had difficulty reconciling his aunt's support role with the actual underground movement in France.
Title should have been “Detailed account of every secret agent in WWII”. The story was difficult to follow because there was no continuous human story to follow. This reads like an after action report. I usually try to finish every book, but just found no enjoyment and put it down less than half way through.