Accidental Agent

Behind Enemy Lines with the French Resistance

John Goldsmith

* A vivid first-hand account of a SOE agent's missions in Nazi occupied France.

* The Author was captured by the Gestapo but managed to escape.

* Fought with the Maquis against superior German forces.

* Witnessed atrocities and suffered betrayal.

* Superbly written.
Date Published :
March 2017
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
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Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781473887817
Pages : 192
Dimensions : 9.5 X 6.5 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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John Goldsmith’s wartime exploits are all the more remarkable considering that at first his services were consistently refused due to his being over 30. Not easily deterred he eventually became a tank driving instructor in the ranks.

In 1942 accidental circumstances saw his recruitment into Buckmaster’s F Section of the Special Operations Executive. His faultless French and upbringing in Paris were to prove invaluable. Commissioned overnight and after intensive training he was parachuted into France for the first of his three missions.

His adventures included crossing the Pyrenees, sabotage, forming his own circuits, being captured by the Gestapo, a daring escape and black-marketeering. In 1944, now a Major, he was advisor to the Maquis in the Mont Ventoux area where they fought the Germans in pitched battles and won.

Although this refreshingly modest account does not admit to it, Goldsmith’s extraordinary war is best summed up by his DSO, MC, three Croix de Guerre and Legion d’honneur.

Accidental Agent is as thrilling an account of war behind enemy lines as has ever been written. The author’s descriptions of his experiences and the many colorful characters he came across are a joy to read.

About The Author

John Goldsmith was brought up and educated in Paris. An accomplished horseman and professional polo player, he rode as an amateur and became a trainer moving to England in 1932.

When racing was banned in 1940, Goldsmith’s attempts to join up were rebatted but as this memoir vividly reveals his talents were eventually recognized and put to devastating effect with F Section SOE.

Goldsmith resumed training racehorses in 1946 and in 1971 he became trainer to the Royal Hong Kong Jockey Club. Tragically he died from Leukaemia on New Year’s Day 1972. John was married three times and had two daughters, Gaie and Gisele, with his second wife, Tiny, who died in 1952. He married Edna in 1959. This book is republished with the full cooperation of Edna, Gaie and Gisele.

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