Dericourt The Chequered Spy.
8vo. 6.5 x 9.5 inches. viii + 407 pp. Bound in original blue cloth, gilt, in pictorial dust wrapper, which has lightly sunned spine; otherwise a very good copy. Illustrated by 4 pages of black and white photographs. Decorated by publisher's device on title page. A detailed study of the chequered wartime career of Henri Dericourt (1909-62), who served as an agent in occupied France for the Special Operations Executive, 1943-44. A pilot who had contacts with the German Sicherheitsdienst (SD), the intelligence arm of the SS, he left Vichy France for England in 1942 and was recruited by the SOE. After his return to France, he organised air movements, delivering and returning agents and their reports. He was later accused of being a double agent working for the Germans, but was acquitted after a trial in France in 1948. After the war he flew consignments of raw opium for onward transmission to France, until his plane crashed in Laos in 1962. Jean Overton Fuller (1915-2009) was a biographer, poet and writer on SOE agents, who had studied their careers in Europe and the French networks, soon after the end of the War. Now a very scarce title; Library Hub lists only three holding libraries, all in London.
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