Ollivier, Marcel Jean (Oral history)

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  • 19940
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  • whole: Duration 75, Number Of Items 3
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  • object name: Oral history
  • object category: IWM interview


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French seaman served with French Merchant Navy, 1938-1940; served with Free French Army in GB and during Dakar raid 1940; served with Free French Navy in GB coastal waters and English Channel, 1940-1945. Civilian worked for French Diplomatic Service in Algeria, 1962-1964

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REEL 1 Background in Paris, France and French West Indies, 1921-1938: family; education. Period as engineer with French Merchant Navy, 1938-1940: ships sailed on; reaction to French armistice; volunteering for Free French forces in GB, summer 1940. Period with Free French Army in GB and during Dakar raid, 1940: condition of Free French forces in London; joining tank corps; role during Dakar raid, 9/1940; desertion from army and joining Free French Navy. Recollections of operations with Free French Navy, 1940-1945: volunteering for submarine service; experiences during Plymouth Blitz, spring 1941; contracting TB on board submarine Surcouf; hospitalisation at Newton Abbot, 1941. REEL 2 Continues: period in sanatorium at Beaconsfield; return to submarine service at Dunoon; drafting to Cowes; German Air Force attack on Cowes, 5/1942; transfer to torpedo boats; experiences aboard submarine chaser Q 41 off Normandy coast, 6/1944. Aspects of service with Free French forces, 1940-1945: reasons for fighting on after French armistice, 7/1940; relations with British civilians; lack of money for Free French servicemen in GB, 1940; question of reasons for contracting TB; living conditions aboard Surcouf. Period with French Diplomatic Service in Algeria, 1962-1964: role organising evacuation of civilians from Algiers after independent, 1962. REEL 3 Continues: dangers of living in Algiers; contrast in conditions in Algeria and treatment of collaborators in France, 1944. Attitude to having served with Free French forces in Second World War.

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