Page 179. " At Uzerche, Charlotte delivered Yves once more to his destination. "


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Page 182. " Old Joan of Arc with his merry men in Carlton Terrace "
General de Gaulle in his London Office
Public DomainGeneral de Gaulle in his London Office - Credit: Christopher Long

Cannerly means Carlton Gardens.

General de Gaulle was given the use of 4 Carlton Gardens, from which to run his government in exile and co-ordinate the Free French forces.  This large house was once home to Lord Palmerston.  Carlton Gardens is next to the Mall, a few minutes' walk from Downing Street and Buckingham Palace.

De Gaulle Blue Plaque
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Page 193. " Ussel in late afternoon, under light rain, was smaller and more pathetic than it had looked on the map. "


Ussel Station
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Page 196. " The Massif Central will be the heart of the Resistance when it comes "


Members of the Maquis in 1944
Public DomainMembers of the Maquis in 1944 - Credit: Donald I. Grant

One such group was the Maquis du Limousin, which began operations by blowing up a power plant near Ussel in June 1942.

The word maquis derived from the Corisican word macchia, the term for the Corsican scrub and woodland landscape.  Resistance fighters were known as maquisards.

The number of maquisards increased dramatically as a result of Laval's introduction of the Relève scheme on 22 June 1942, sending French workers to Germany in exchange for French prisoners of war. Five workers were demanded for each POW (later reduced to three workers for one POW). In total, 4.5 million workers were sent to Germany, where they laboured under appalling conditions.  The alternative, joining the Maquis, became very attractive.



The Massif Central
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