Last survivor of French WWII resistance network dies

15th February 2009, Comments 0 comments

Hollard became known as ‘the man who saved London’ for detecting and identifying some 100 launching ramps for German flying bombs in France, enabling them to be destroyed by Allied bombers.

Paris -- Joseph Brocard, the last survivor of a French resistance network that kept the allies informed about the German V1 flying bombs, has died at age 88, his family said Saturday.

Highly decorated by both the British and French governments for his work during World War II, Brocard was one of some 100 agents in the Agir (Action) network set up in 1941 by French colonel Michel Hollard.

Hollard became known as "the man who saved London" for detecting and identifying some 100 launching ramps for V1s in northern France, enabling them to be destroyed by Allied bombers.

Powered by a rudimentary jet engine and carrying a one-ton warhead, hundreds of the unguided V1s fell in the London area in just a few months in 1944, killing more than 6,000 people. However, Agir's work was considered instrumental in reducing their threat by some 90 percent.

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