In the news: SOE operative,Jean-Louis de Ganay, dies at 91

SOE motif [Creative Commons Share Alike 3.0 Unported, author: Madelgarius]

SOE motif [Creative Commons Share Alike 3.0 Unported, author: Madelgarius]

The British newspaper The Telegraph reported the death yesterday of Jean-Louis de Ganay. He was 91 years old.

French, and aristocratic by birth, de Ganay offered his services to the French Resistance during World War II. He was recruited by the Prosper network and aided Allied airmen who had been shot down and were on the run.

When Prosper was betrayed, de Ganay fled to Britain. He joined Britain’s Special Operations Executive and returned to France prior to D-Day to commit acts of sabotage against railways and canals.

After the war, he married, inherited the family ch√Ęteau and became mayor of Courances.

Chateau de Courances, de Ganay's family home [GNU Free Doc Licence, author: Daniel Villafruela]

Chateau de Courances, de Ganay’s family home [GNU Free Doc Licence, author: Daniel Villafruela]

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