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Title: Trapped Behind Enemy Lines: Accounts of ...
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As 1914 ends, the war which was supposed to be over by Christmas, had settled down to an entrenched stalemate. Trapped behind enemy lines are many British soldiers who are hidden by brave French families. The risks are high for both fugitives and their protectors. This book tells their story, while focussing on a young Scot who emerges from hiding as Mademoiselle Louise, leading an amazing double life for almost two years, ending in betrayal. Sentenced to death by the Germans only an impassionate plea from his adopted mother saves his life. Others are not so lucky.
After the war he speedily returns from captivity in Germany, via Scotland to France and marries his sweetheart, but life remains hard in the war ravaged country. This extraordinary story was only revealed by a British journalist in 1927. The Daily Telegraph readers’ response was overwhelming and culminated in our French heroines being feted on a lavish visit to London’s Mansion House and an audience with the King, Queen, Prince of Wales and a three year old Princess Elizabeth.
Trapped Behind Enemy Lines covers as aspect of The Great War that has been overlooked. It will be of interest to those who love intrigue, adventure, love and betrayal.
John Anderson was born at Alnwick, Northumberland. A former training and development consultant he now lives in the Somme area of France where he works as a full time battlefield guide and researcher. He is married to Kathleen and they have one son, Matthew. Victor Piuk was a journalist in his native Nottinghamshire before moving in 1999 to the Somme area with his wife Diane to run a B & B and conduct battlefield tours. This is his third book. When not leading tours he follows his beloved Mansfield Town Football Club and plays the guitar.
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