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The Freedom Line: The Brave Men and Women Who Rescued Allied Airmen from the Nazis During World War II By Peter Eisner,

  • Title: The Freedom Line: The Brave Men and Women Who Rescued Allied Airmen from the Nazis During World War II
  • Author: Peter Eisner
  • ISBN: 9780060096632
  • Page: 152
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The romance of Casablanca the gripping narrative of Eye of the Needle both come together in this enthralling true story of World War II resistance fighters and the airmen they saved.As war raged against Hitler s Germany, an increasing number of Allied fliers were shot down onmissions against Nazi targets in occupied Europe Many fliers parachuted safely behind enemThe romance of Casablanca the gripping narrative of Eye of the Needle both come together in this enthralling true story of World War II resistance fighters and the airmen they saved.As war raged against Hitler s Germany, an increasing number of Allied fliers were shot down onmissions against Nazi targets in occupied Europe Many fliers parachuted safely behind enemy lines only to find themselves stranded and hunted down by the Gestapo.The Freedom Line traces the thrilling and true story of Robert Grimes, a twenty year old American B 17 pilot whose plane was shot down over Belgium on October 20, 1943 Wounded, disoriented and scared, he was rescued by operatives of the Comet Line, a group of tenacious young women and men from Belgium, France and Spain who joined forces to recover Allied aircrews and take them to safety Brought back to health with their help, Grimes was pursued by bloodhounds, the Luftwaffe security police and the Gestapo And on Christmas Eve 1943, he and a group of fellow Americans faced unexpected danger and tragedy on the border between France and Spain.The road to safety was a treacherous journey by train, by bicycle and on foot that stretched hundreds of miles across occupied France to the Pyrenees Mountains at the Spanish border Armed with guile and spirit, the selfless civilian fighters of the Comet Line had risked their lives to create this underground railroad, and by this time in the war, they had saved hundreds of Americans, British, Australians and other Allied airmen.Led by an elegant young Belgian woman, D d e de Jongh, the group included Jean Fran ois Nothomb, an army veteran who became the group s leader after D d e was captured Micheline Dumont, code named Lily, who wore bobby sox to appear as a teenage girl and Florentino, the tough Basque guide who, when necessary, carried exhausted refugees on his back over the mountains to save them from the Nazis All the while, the Gestapo and Luftwaffe police were on their trail If caught, the airmen faced imprisonment, but their helpers would be tortured and killed.Based on interviews with the survivors and in depth archival research, The Freedom Line is the story of a group of friends who chose to act on their own out of a deep respect for liberty and human dignity Theirs was a courage that presumed to take on a fearfully powerful foe with few defenses.
    The Freedom Line The Brave Men and Women Who Rescued Allied Airmen from the Nazis During World War II The romance of Casablanca the gripping narrative of Eye of the Needle both come together in this enthralling true story of World War II resistance fighters and the airmen they saved As war raged again

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    1. Wonderfully written and mostly new information for me I ask myself, how would I measure up to these average people who risked their lives or were murdered to save downed Allied pilots escaping the Nazis in Brussels, and France through the mountains to a dangerous Spain The determination and heroic feats of these women and men is what I want to understand.

    2. If you like World War II history, or just a compelling story, read this book The Freedom Line The Brave Men and Women Who Rescued Allied Airmen from the Nazis During World War II This is meticulously researched history that reads like a novel by Alan Furst or Ken Follett Peter Eisner is an award winning newspaper writer and editor with a wonderful gift for telling a grippingly suspenseful story He brings both the characters and the settings dramatically to life, starting with the frantic chaos o [...]

    3. I am an avid fan of reading about heroes in a war fighting for freedom and all that I really liked this book as it described behind the scene activities of those helping downed airmen of WWII I had seen something on this same subject on PBS or the History Channel after reading this book and it actually mentioned some of the things in this books as fact There awas also signs of this at the Wintson Churchill underground bunker museum in London as well I really recommend this book for those wanting [...]

    4. This is a great yarn and a fascinating read What I do not get is why it has not been made into amovie It would make a fine one.

    5. Very well researched and written engaging reads a bit like fiction I would have liked to see photos of some of the main heroes of the rescue operation, as well as some detailed maps.

    6. World War II StoryAn interesting book, this is supposed to be a nonfiction rendering of the Comet Line, a group of Belgians who help anded Allied airmen to escape the Nazis It is written in the style of era novel and two timing mistakes made me suspicious but otherwise it seems accurate.

    7. Good book to read about how the British and American fliers were rescued after parachuting in occupied territory during WW11.

    8. An interesting book about how the resistance created a group whose job was to find, protect, and transport airmen shot down in Germany, Belgium, and France over the mountains and then into the hands of the US Embassy in Spain where they could be returned to the war effort These incredibly courageous men and women risked their lives, and the lives of their family and friends, every minute in order to save the lives of strangers For a time they had little help from the Allies until they could conv [...]

    9. What was The Comet Line Very good read about people and events that most Americans know nothing about Thousands of Allied airmen were shot down over Europe during WWII This book describes the Belgian and Basque people who risked their lives helping airmen avoid capture and make it safely back to England The Comet Line was than an escape route through occupied Belgium and France it was also the people who escorted and hid the Allied airmen along the way Very well researched and written account H [...]

    10. The Bravest Of The BraveReading about soldiers who enter a war not knowing if they will return or what circumstances they will be put in always makes me so grateful to them What a sacrifice they make for their country and those of us who are comfortable at home God Bless Them All I like to read about these brave men and women And also the brave men and women who volunteered to help these soldiers after their planes crashed so they wouldn t end up in prison camps to be persecuted or shot by the e [...]

    11. Seldom, if ever, do I voluntarily read nonfiction I tracked this book down to read about D d e DeJonghe, who was the inspiration for The Nightengale I found this to be a very well written and suspenseful account of the Belgian, Basque, and French resistance workers who helped downed airmen escape occupied France in WWII.

    12. This is a good yarn about some very brave men and women who risked their lives and those of their families to spirit downed Allied airmen out of France and Belgium to Spain and then Gibraltar Great read.

    13. Really really good Makes me want to thank so many of them for their sacrifices on behalf of others Freedom prevails in the face of oppression and evil.

    14. enjoyed the bookThe writing was very good One of the better WWII books I have read and I have read quite a few.

    15. Added to my shelf upon completion of The Nightingale a work of fiction inspired by the Belgian woman who founded the Comet Line.

    16. Disclaimer my uncle, Robert Metlen, is mentioned in this book, and appears on the cover on the far left of the picture He was the turret gunner on the plane that got shot down Even with bias, I found this book a well written and fascinating description of what it was like to travel through the freedom line in WWII I learned a lot about the war and the endurance of our brave fighters over there, and what they were asked to do.

    17. The narrative felt a little odd, I think because the book launched into the activities of the Comet Line when they were well underway, with little introduction or backstory, and followed certain characters for several chapters at a time before jumping, seemingly randomly, to the next But the stories are dramatic, the writing solid, and the book contributes to my overall awe at the courage and strength of those who chose to resist.

    18. If you liked Mary Doria Russell s A Thread of Grace then you ll appreciate this book about real civilians in WWII risking everything to rescue downed Allied airmen Especially interesting was the role of the Basques in smuggling airmen across the French Spanish border and the role of the British Embassy and lack of participation by the American Embassy once the airmen arrived in Spain Eisner s journalism background makes this an interesting and accessible history book.

    19. I picked this book up in the B52 museum in Darwin, Australia I was on a return trip from Timor where I d been researching a group of Australian airmen stranded after the fall of that island to the Japanese in February, 1942 This book gave me a lot of faith in my latest project.

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