A schoolmaster's war: Harry Ree, British agent in the French Resistance
Publication year: 2020
Media class: Hardback
Genre: World War, 1939-1945
Publisher: Yale University Press, 
Resource type: Physical
Includes bibliographical references and index
A school teacher at the start of the war, Harry Ree renounced his former pacifism with the fall of France in 1940. He was deployed into a secret branch of the British army and parachuted into central France in April 1943. Harry showed a particular talent for winning the confidence of local resisters, and guided them in a series of dramatic sabotage operations, before getting into a hand-to-hand fight with an armed German officer, from which he was lucky to escape. This might seem like a romantic story of heroism and derring-do, but Harry Ree's own war writings, superbly edited and contextualised by his son, the philosopher Jonathan Ree, are far more nuanced, shot through with doubts, regrets, and grief.