The Écrivélo Files

Journeys Through War-Torn Europe by Bike.


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Defeat and Division.

‘A clear-eyed, ambitious and myth-busting account that places the Fall of France in 1940 and De Gaulle’s Free French in a wider scenario that sees Vichy France and its colonial empire as a serious military player down to 1942. A tour de force by a historian who is a master[...]

Air Force Records: A Guide for Family Historians

If you are new to searching old records like me, then this is an excellent book . One of the first things I did when researching the Mosquito in the Forest was to buy the service records of the crew. Without this book I think it is fair to say[...]

Six weeks of Blenheim Summer

Six Weeks of Blenheim Summer Whilst researching the "Brechin War Hero" story I stumbled across an absolute gold mine. A book written by Alastair Dyson Panton and bought to life by his granddaughter Victoria Panton Bacon. Alastair Panton, was the pilot of the Bristol Blenheim on reconnaissance duties when it was[...]

Lancaster – Reaping the Whirlwind

Lancaster: Reaping the Whirlwind Written in English by Martin A. Bowman. This book details the Lancaster s history from 1942 through to  1945, this study brings everything together to tell a concise history of one of the world's most famous aircraft. A superlative and unique colour section of over fifty contemporary[...]

Witness Report of Maquis Azergues

Histoire vécue des maquis de l'Azergues This book is written by Roger CHAVANET a member of the Resistance under the code name Guerin.He was born in TROYES on April 30, 1915 and at the age of 16 he came to live with his uncle in LYON and work in the city.[...]

What I experienced Resistance

Ce que j'ai connu de la Résistance Written by Marcel Chadebech – ex Commandant Carron of the Maquis (resistance) in the Valley d’Azergues. This book, in French details the activities of Commandant Carron in Lyon and the surrounding area. Having narrowly escaped arrest on many occasions he  left Lyon in[...]