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Captured twice by the Nazis and successfully escaping from his own execution, Count Robert de la Rochefoucauld was one of the most remarkable SOE agents of World War II. The stories of his exploits read like the most imaginative works of spy fiction. After receiving sabotage and commando training in Britain, Rochefoucauld was twice parachuted into occupied France. On one trip, he killed a German guard, stole the guard's uniform in order to pose as a Nazi and made his escape - shooting two more Germans in the process. Ever resourceful, he made use of a bizarre collection of objects in the service of sabotage and escape, including loaves of bread, a stolen Nazi limousine, the leg of a table, a bicycle and a nun's habit, not to mention the more established accoutrements of espionage such as parachutes, explosives and a submarine. The remarkable stories of Rochefoucauld's wartime exploits make for fascinating reading - proving that fact is often stranger than fiction.
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