Little Cyclone

Little Cyclone The exhilarating true story of the greatest escape route of the Second World War On a hot afternoon in August a year old Belgian woman walks into the British consulate in Bilbao neutral Spai

  • Title: Little Cyclone
  • Author: Airey Neave
  • ISBN: 9780340174067
  • Page: 365
  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • The exhilarating true story of the greatest escape route of the Second World War On a hot afternoon in August 1941, a 24 year old Belgian woman walks into the British consulate in Bilbao, neutral Spain, and demands to see the consul She presents him with a British soldier she has smuggled all the way from Brussels, through Occupied France and over the Pyrenees It is a joThe exhilarating true story of the greatest escape route of the Second World War On a hot afternoon in August 1941, a 24 year old Belgian woman walks into the British consulate in Bilbao, neutral Spain, and demands to see the consul She presents him with a British soldier she has smuggled all the way from Brussels, through Occupied France and over the Pyrenees It is a journey she will make countless times thereafter, at unthinkable danger to her own life Her name is Andr e de Jongh, though she will come to be known as the Little Cyclone in tribute to her extraordinary courage and tenacity And she is an inspiration From nursing wounded Allied servicemen, de Jongh will go on to establish the most famous escape line of the Second World War, saving the lives of than 800 airmen and soldiers stranded behind enemy lines The risks, however, will be enormous The cost, unspeakably tragic Her story is shot through with the constant terror of discovery and interception of late night knocks at the door, of disastrous moonlit river crossings, Gestapo infiltrators, firing squads and concentration camps It is also a classic true story of fear overcome by giddying bravery Originally published shortly after the war, Little Cyclone is a mesmerising tale of the best of humanity in the most unforgiving circumstances a remarkable and inspiring account to rival the most dramatic of thrillers Royalties from the sale of this book will go to the Airey Neave Trust.

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    1. You never need “historic fiction” when there are real stories like this around. Anyone interested in the war must must must read this book about the amazing and heroic women and men who formed underground routes to save downed airmen over Europe and lead them through safe houses, mountains, and different countries and brutal terrain and hostile natives and Nazis freedom and a return to England where most would sign on again. I read stories like this and am Ashamed of our own whining and comp [...]

    2. Amazing! I'm already very proud to be a Basque-American but this book just makes the love stronger. The men & women who saved our American & British downed airman during WW2 & found them safe houses & safety. His them from the Nazis to much peril of their own lives and extended families. If you are a lover of history, this story is a must read and one that IMO doesn't ever get enough notice. I had read Kristin Hannahs Nightingale which was an ode to this true life account story, [...]

    3. An amazing story of such bravery of this young woman 'DeeDee' and all her aides who helped DeeDee to set up this safe passage The 'Comet Line' from German controlled Belgium and France all the way down to spain to get British, American and other allies of the second world war to the safety of Britain. It was a marvellous read of such courage, strong will and determination along with such compassion. They encounter so many dangers of capture and betrayal. There was many times I couldn't breathe w [...]

    4. The story of Andrée de Jongh is fascinating and the courage of those who ran the comet line is inspiring. I wish the book was more well-written. I found it difficult to follow at times. I was expecting more of a biography of de Jongh; however this book was more of a story of the comet line itself. The author strives to tell the stories of the most important contributors to the effort. At times, it is difficult to keep track of who’s who. In spite of this, I’m glad I read the book, because i [...]

    5. The title suggests that this is a biography of the woman who set up the Comet Line from Belgium to Spain, helping Allied airmen escape Occupied Europe. It isn't. It's more the story of the Line itself. Dedee de Jongh, the Little Cyclone herself, appears in the first part of the book and was obviously a hugely inspirational person to her colleagues. However, the book also talks about her fellow resistance fighters, people who followed in her footsteps, courting danger during the darkest days of t [...]

    6. This girl is my hero. Truly. I first heard about Andree in Kristin Hannah's book, The Nightingale. In her author's note, she stated that the main character was loosely based on Andree de Jongh and I instantly wanted to know more. It was amazing just how many airmen that these people managed to save from the Nazis. It wasn't just Andree, although she was the brains behind the operation (girl power!). There were so many people involved and the author did an incredible job of building suspense. Som [...]

    7. Andree De Jongh was a young Belgian artist in her twenties, when the Germans invaded Brussels in 1940. Moved to help wounded Allied serviceman return to the UK, she helped to move them through Belgium, across France and the Pyrenees into Spain. With the help of the British consulate, she was able to assist in the escape of 800 soldiers and airmen.This also came at an incredible cost to those who helped out, with one hundred and fifty six members of the Comet Line being killed, the majority at co [...]

    8. 3.7 stars.This book is for anyone who has read and loved The Nightingale by Kristen Hannah. The real life WWll heroine, Andree De Jongh, was a her inspiration for Hannah's Isabelle character. This brave young lady was the one who set up the Comet Line that ended up saving 800 allied lives and got these young men back in the war and up in the air to continue the fight against the Nazis. Hundreds of brave men, women and children helped Andree along the Comet Line. This book tells many of their sto [...]

    9. The subject matter is really interesting - the French resistance during WWII is a gripping story of courage, revenge and survival (in particular the setting up and running of the Comet Line, a escape route for airmen shot down in France and Belgium) - but Neave's prose is dry and rather monochromatic and it was this that made it something of a let-down.

    10. Great story, but poorly written. Too much invention around the character, temperament and imagined emotions of the people involved. Made it feel more like a story and therefore took away from the impact of what these people actually did and achieved.

    11. It's a great true story, which is very compelling. However, I don't think the book itself was a very captivating telling of it.

    12. Such incredible bravery and sacrifice. But what a fantastic morale booster when "presumed dead" airmen returned.

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