Accidental Agent, Behind Enemy Lines With The French Resistance

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First published in 1971 by Leo Cooper, this is a most welcome 
new edition of an extraordinary story. It tells the wartime 
story of a racing training who volunteered to fight in WWII. 
A thrilling tale that has all the suspense and excitement of 
a novel. Very Highly Recommended.

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NAME: Accidental Agent, Behind Enemy Lines With The French Resistance
FILE: R2394
AUTHOR:  John Goldsmith
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: hard back 
PAGES:  192
PRICE: £19.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: WWII, World War Two, Second World War, SOE, French Resistance, 
spies, saboteurs, liaison, intelligence gathering, training, supplies
ISBN: 978-1-47388-781-7
IMAGE: B2394.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: First published in 1971 by Leo Cooper, this is a most 
welcome new edition of an extraordinary story. It tells the wartime 
story of a racing training who volunteered to fight in WWII. A 
thrilling tale that has all the suspense and excitement of a novel. 
Very Highly Recommended.

There is an affectionate introduction by the author's family which 
nicely sets the scene for what is the tale of a very modest man. The 
publisher is establishing a reputation for producing posthumous 
editions of stories that should never die out. This is another 
well-produced book that includes a strong photo-plate section in 
support of an enthralling text.

There was a time when memoirs and history books aimed for stolid 
colourless accounts of what were important and exciting lives and 
events. Fortunately that era has faded and this book holds the 
reader's attention to the last page.

Major Goldsmith volunteered to fight but his age, he was over 30, 
initially was a barrier. However, he persevered and secured a tank 
driving instructor position in the ranks. In 1942, in accidental 
circumstances, he was recruited into SOE's F Section and sent to 
France. If this was a fictional tale, it could be described as a 
'ripping yarn'. As a true story, it contains those darker elements 
of comrades lost and oppression by the Germans, but it is every bit 
as thrilling.

The author was awarded a number of high decorations for service above 
and beyond the call of duty. He participated in a full range of 
activities against the Germans and played an important role in the 
development of the Maquis which were developed to the point where 
they could fight pitched battles with German troops and win.

During his service, Goldsmith was captured by the Gestapo and then 
escaped. It is an action story of the first rank. After the end of 
hostilities, he returned to his favoured sport as a racing trainer. 
Tragically, he was to die in 1972 from Leukaemia.