Canadian Spies (Amazing Stories)
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Tales in Espionage in Nazi-Occupied Europe During World War II
During World War II, some of the most treacherous jobs were those performed by men and women located deep within enemy territory. Always in danger of being exposed and subjected to torture, imprisonment, and even death, their stories are chilling accounts of bravery and luck — and, in some cases, what happens when the luck runs out.
Marcel Desjardins knew he was in trouble when the German Army sergeant stepped into the road and held up his hand, signalling Marcel and his travelling companion, Jean-François Guillou, to stop.
Marcel’s first problem was the name on his identification papers. He was really Raymond LaBrosse. His companion was Lucien Dumais. They were both Canadian secret agents wearing French civilian clothes. What’s more, Raymond was carrying a wireless radio in a suitcase on the back of his bicycle. If the German demanded the suitcase be opened, or realized the papers they were carrying were false, they would be shot as spies. “We’ve had it if he finds the radio,” Dumais whispered to LaBrosse. “You keep pedalling and I’ll see what he wants.”
This was no time to argue. LaBrosse steered his bicycle around the German soldier, who made a half-hearted motion to grab at him before Dumais diverted his attention by stopping in front of the German to engage him in an animated conversation.
Looking back over his shoulder as he pedalled furiously, LaBrosse saw his fellow countryman waving his arms about and shouting heatedly at the German soldier. Turning his attention back to the road out of Rennes, LaBrosse concentrated on the trip ahead. His orders had been to get to the coast of Brittany as quickly as possible and the bicycle was the fastest means of transport available under the circumstances.
LaBrosse rode with a heavy heart. He was sure he would never see his friend again. But Dumais, who earlier in the war had escaped from a train bound for Germany loaded with Dieppe prisoners of war, still had a few tricks up his sleeve…
This is not for the fainthearted.
About the Author
Tom Douglas, an award-winning journalist and author, lives in Oakville, Ontario with his wife Gail, also an author in the Amazing Stories series.
Tom's father, Sgt. H.M. (Mel) Douglas, was part of the Invasion Force that stormed the beaches of Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944. Tom is a member of the Royal Canadian Legion, worked as a Communications Advisor for Veterans Affairs Canada, and has written speeches for the Minister of National Defence.
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