During World War II the armies of the Allies were aided by local resistance groups spread throughout the European underground. Much has been written and documented about Jewish partisan groups that took to the forests of Europe to fight the Germans, but not as much has been recorded about the Le Réseau Comète, or The Comet Line. The purpose of the Comet Line was to rescue Allied soldiers and airmen that had been shot down in Europe, and to return them to Britain. The leader of The Comet Line was a young Belgian woman named Andree de Jongh, also known as Dedee. To learn more about de Jongh you can visit:
The Germans knew that the Allied airmen were receiving help via the resistance, but they could not fathom that a woman was the leader. This fact would work to Dedee’s advantage many times during the war. The beginning of the line began in Brussels where the airmen were outfitted for their trip down the line. In addition to being fed and clothed they were also given false identity papers in the event that they were stopped by Germans or their allies. After they were ready to leave Brussels, they were moved south by guides of the Comet Line and passed through German occupied France to reach neutral Spain, and then onto British controlled Gibraltar. At this point, many airmen returned to active duty and to the fight against the Germans. Peter Eisner’s book “The Freedom Line; the Brave Men and Women who Rescued Allied Airmen from the Nazis during World War II” is an in depth account of the Comet Line and their actions during the war.