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Michel Hollard (July 10 1897 in Epinay, EuremarkerJuly 16 1993) was a colonel and a member of the French Resistance during World War II.

His Spy Network

In 1941, he founded the spy network Agir. It was attached to the S.I.S.marker and composed of one hundred agent. He worked under the cover of managing a company producing gas generators.

The V-1 Launching Ramps

In the summer of 1943, one of his agents, a railway engineer in Rouenmarker, signaled that several building-yards of an unusual complexity had appeared in Haute-Normandiemarker. Hollard went to Rouenmarker, disguised as a parson, and persuaded a local resident to provide him with a list of these yards. They were building V-1 launching ramps.

He communicated the information to MI6marker via the Britishmarker Embassy in Bernemarker, going through the Swissmarker border 98 times (49 trips).

At the end of December 1943, the 103 V-1 launch sites in Francemarker, that formed a circular arc from the Basse-Normandiemarker to the Pas-de-Calais, were systematically bombed by the RAF.

The Arrest

In 1944, he was arrested by the Gestapomarker in Parismarker, tortured, imprisoned in Fresnes Prisonmarker and sentenced to death. He was deported to the Neuengammemarker concentration camp. He was saved from the sinking of the SS Cap Arcona by Count Folke Bernadotte who, informed by Britishmarker Intelligence, had saved the lives of some French-speaking deportees aboard this ship.



External links


Michel Hollard, le Français qui a sauvé Londres, by Florian Hollard, Le cherche midi.

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