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SOE in France by M.R.D. Foot

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XII

A Run of Successes: June to September 1944

‘We did not ask why; we only knew this was what we must do. Let the historians seek more complex motivations if they wish, but they will not destroy the simple truth as we saw it.’

Philippe de Vomécourt1

As we saw at the beginning,2 soon after OVERLORD was launched on 6 June 1944, the Etat-major des Forces Françaises de l'Intérieur (EMFFI) was set up to undertake the direction of all active forces of resistance in France that had previously been working either with F or with RF section; and the staffs of both sections and the staff of BRAL were thrown together in the one headquarters of external resistance under General Koenig. Many of this staff turned out incompetent for their work. Though Koenig's ...

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