MI9 A History of the Secret Service for Escape and Evasion in World War Two by Helen Fry

 Helen Fry writes that 'it is only when one has lost freedom that one realises it is the most precious thing'. This book certainly shows just what heavy sacrifices brave Resistance fighters and veterans made so that we could have these freedoms, and how we shouldn't easily give them away without extremely good and justified reasons. 

MI9 was set up to facilitate the escape of British POW's from enemy territory and the return of those who evaded capture behind enemy lines. This book is a comprehensive look at its history and the important role which it played in World War Two. Although it is a factual and detailed account, there are many exciting stories here, such as the story of many people who worked on the Comet line of the French Resistance and the tale of the beautiful and shy Renata della Torre who helped British troops who had been captured by Italian Fascists and escaped. There is also a lot about the famous American Varian Fry and his Resistance network.

This is well-worth reading for anyone interested in World War Two and the Resistance. I am definitely interested in reading more books by Helen Fry.

I received this free ebook from NetGalley in return for an honest review.


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