Escapes from France involving Mary Lindell
From June or July to December 1940 Mary, her family and Michèle Cambards may have helped two dozen Englishmen to avoid capture by the Germans and perhaps twice as many Frenchmen to leave France to join the Free French. Mary’s own efforts included (the page references are to Lindell’s List):
- The sick and wounded in an ambulance convoy, pp 25-29.
- A party of French officers at Bordeaux, pp 28-29.
- Two unnamed English soldiers who Mary Lindell sent to Major Higgins in Mauléon, p 36.
- ‘Marcel Trideau’, the false identity of an unidentified captain of artillery, pp 41-3, 58.
- Jimmy Windsor Lewis, whose escape is well-known, pp 38.48, 58,
- ‘An Englishman’, p 59.
- Occasional “visits” out of town, p 59.
Later in the war the Director of Military Intelligence kept detailed record of escapes and evasion under WO 208/3297-3327 and the top secret appendices under WO 208/5582-5583. By her own estimate Mary Lindell made only a modest contribution to these numbers. ‘Well under a hundred,’ she told Margaret Rossiter, ‘Because I wasn’t at it for very long’. It is known that the following men from a range of Allied services took the Marie-Claire escape line to reach Spain: