A Schoolmaster's War: Harry Ree - A British Agent in the French Resistance

A Schoolmaster's War: Harry Ree - A British Agent in the French Resistance

by Jonathan Ree

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The wartime adventures of the legendary SOE agent Harry Rée, told in his own words

A school teacher at the start of the war, Harry Rée renounced his former pacifism with the fall of France in 1940. He was deployed into a secret branch of the British army and parachuted into central France in April 1943.

Harry showed a particular talent for winning the confidence of local resisters, and guided them in a series of dramatic sabotage operations, before getting into a hand-to-hand fight with an armed German officer, from which he was lucky to escape.

This might seem like a romantic story of heroism and derring-do, but Harry Rée's own war writings, superbly edited and contextualized by his son, the philosopher Jonathan Rée, are far more nuanced, shot through with doubts, regrets, and grief.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300252590
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 05/08/2020
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 15 MB
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About the Author

Harry Rée, DSO, OBE, was a British school teacher and educationist and a wartime member of the Special Operations Executive.Jonathan Rée, son of Harry Rée, is a freelance historian and philosopher. His books include Philosophical Tales, I See a Voice and Witcraft.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations vi

Acknowledgements ix

Introduction xi

Maps xx

1 Beginnings 1

2 Adventures 55

3 Reflections 83

4 Letters from France 127

5 Looking Back 149

The Story in Brief 170

Chronology 173

Biographies 185

Glossary 201

Bibliographies 204

Index 211

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