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My name is Maurice Buckmaster.
My only claim to do so is that, as
their commanding officer,
I knew intimately all the volunteers
The Firm, as we called it sometimes.
And I know, therefore, that this
story is a true one.
The people you'll see on
the screen are playing,
as accurately as human
were then alive.
known to us as Raoul, a British
was one of the first to land in
France in 1941,
'Under the very noses of an alert
'one of the best radio operators,
'and certainly one of the bravest,
we ever had
'sent his messages to London.'
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'Lieutenant Alex Rabinovich, alias
'Arnaud was the name we knew him by.
the Germans in 1944.'
These two men, Raoul and Arnaud,
together with Odette,
were among the 400 men and 38 women
who volunteered for this hazardous
work in France.
'In her own words,
'Odette was a very ordinary woman.'
'At the recent combined
operations raid on Bruneval,
back to London.
'This was made possible by
photographs and models.'
Oh, please do not turn it off, Mrs
But the news is all over. That's the
But I want to hear the postscript.
'So, remember, if you have spent
'Don't send the photographs yet, but
write to the Admiralty,
and addressed to The
Admiralty, London SW1.
'I will repeat that. The Admiralty,
'A mistake in the
'and our fate is often bound
up in such things,
'was the reason why, on a spring
morning in 1942,
Orchard Court, Portman Square.'
these photographs to the War Office
and not the Admiralty, may prove to
be of value to us.
What do you mean?
How would you like to go to France?
Go to France? Why, how can people go
to France now?
There are ways and means, you know.
You mean to tell me that people are
being sent to France by the War Office?
By the War Office? Good heavens, no.
They are a respectable institution.
They wouldn't do things like that.
Now, let me explain.
You're a Frenchwoman. You were born
and came to England.
We need the help of people like you.
But I must warn you, if you do decide
to join us,
your work will be highly dangerous.
But I do not think that I am
qualified to do dangerous work.
I'm not clever. I am a very ordinary
Your children, of course, must be
and love France,
and who would, if needs be, lay down
their lives for France.
'It was in September 1942 that Odette
'known to us as Lise,
'completed her training.
the hands of the enemy,
be bestowed on any woman.
'This is her story.'
Au revoir, Lise. Good luck. Au
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