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Book Title: Ten Thousand Eyes: The Amazing Story of the Spy Network That Cracked Hitler's Atlantic Wall Before D-Day|
The author of the book: Richard Collier
Edition: The Lyons Press
Date of issue: February 1st 2001
ISBN 13: 9781585742943
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First published in 1958, Ten Thousand Eyes tells the story of some of the many French who, while pretending to bow down to their Nazi captors, gathered information critical to supporting the Allies during WWII to help France win freedom. The book focuses primarily on those who worked on pulling all the details of Hitler's "Wall" - the physical wall the Third Reich built to protect France from shoreline invasion.
The book, perhaps unintentionally, provides the reader in the early 21st century with a concept of life in an occupied country. Blackout and curfew from 9pm to 6am, if not 6pm to 6am. No boats away from the dock overnight for any reason. Fishing boats to sea within a certain perimeter only, all subject to inspection before leaving the dock and upon return. All adults subject to conscription for labor, all use of public and private transportation requiring a pass. Any house chosen for occupation force (upon which the current occupants must vacate) or soldier boarding. No radios or wireless transmission of any kind. Violators of curfew and other occupying force orders subject to the whims of the occupation army - jail, deportation, concentration camp, immediate execution.
As a result of this constant environmental persecution, those who work to find the information needed by the Allies are always under what you could tactfully call stress. I often found it hard to put the book down. And you'll find human nature to be frustrating as the errors made have such an impact - the agent who writes everything down and is caught, the agent who takes unnecessary chances, not to mention the double agent or the agent who just knows too much and gets captured - and is tortured without his cyanide.
The book is sketchy on details (there's no map of the French coastline, there's an assumption that we have a map of Paris in our heads, it's lacking details on many of the agents referenced); so you get a flavor, an important flavor, of what happened rather than a full taste. This is an introduction to a few of the key French players, and a knowledge that there were incredibly brave French fighters who helped make D-Day successful.
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British historian, was born in London, England in 1924. He joined the Royal Air Force at eighteen after that, as a war correspondent, he traveled throughout the Far East.
He has worked on numerous British and American magazines and has written more than half a dozen books about the Second World War. Few of them are:
The sands of Dunkirk, 1961, Duce! A biography of Benito Mussolini, 1971, and The war in the desert, 1977.