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The freedom line : the brave men and women who rescued Allied airmen from the Nazis during World War II / Peter Eisner.

By: Eisner, Peter.
Material type: TextTextPublisher: New York : Perennial, 2005Edition: 1st Perennial ed.Description: x, 340 p. : map ; 24 cm.ISBN: 0060096640 (pbk.); 9780060096649 (pbk.).Subject(s): World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements -- France | World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements -- Belgium | World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements -- Spain | World War, 1939-1945 -- Spain | France -- History -- German occupation, 1940-1945 | Belgium -- History -- German occupation, 1940-1945 | Escapes -- France -- History -- 20th century | Air pilots, Military -- United States | Air pilots, Military -- Great BritainDDC classification: 940.53/37 LOC classification: D802.F8 | E48 2004
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 333-335).

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Library Journal Review

This is a highly readable, gripping, and inspirational account of a little-known aspect of resistance history: the story of a band of Basque, Belgian, and French freedom fighters who conducted a secret rescue operation to lead downed Allied airmen to safety along the French-Spanish border during the height of the war years. Award-winning investigative journalist Eisner, deputy foreign editor for the Washington Post, was first drawn to the dramatic narrative because of his own family ties to the Basque region. He has used both archival sources and personal interviews with survivors and operatives to re-create the heroism and courage of those involved in the so-called Comet Line. Using a complex network of personal contacts, safe houses, and support services and without counterinsurgency training, these young men and women rescued approximately 800 American, Canadian, and British airmen and took them to safety across the Pyrenees. Focusing the narrative on the experiences of 20-year-old American Lt. Robert Grimes, shot down over Belgium in October 1943, Eisner's tale is noteworthy for two reasons: it reveals the role played by women in these operations and yields insights into Basque tradition. In the words of one survivor, "It was a beautiful timeit was the proper fight." Highly recommended. Marie Marmo Mullaney, Caldwell Coll., NJ (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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Peter Eisner is a deputy foreign editor at the Washington Post. He served as a foreign editor at Newsday from 1985 through 1989 and as the paper's Latin America correspondent from 1989 through 1994. He was also a reporter, editor and bureau chief with the Associated Press. Eisner won the InterAmerican Press Association Award in 1991 for his investigations of drug trafficking in the Americas. He lives in Bethesda, Maryland

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