MAQUIS by George Millar
In the summer of 1944 George Millar was parachuted into France with the codename Émile to work alongside the Maquis. D-Day was imminent and Millar’s task was to link local resistance groups around Besançon into an effective guerrilla force. Narrowly evading capture more than once, the author soon fell under the spell of the place, the people, and his sheer delight at blowing things up. Night-time parachute drops supplied explosives and arms. As the allied offensive gathered momentum, Émile and his French companions took the war to the enemy, attacking convoys, derailing trains and doing all in their power to impede the German retreat. A hero to those he served alongside, Millar was awarded the Legion d’Honneur and the Croix de Guerre. To this day Maquis remains one of the finest accounts of life with the French Resistance.