World War II portrait
June 10, 1898|
Épinay-sur-Seine, Eure, France
|Died||July 16, 1993
Ganges, Hérault, France
|Resting place||Gorniès, Hérault, France
|Occupation||French wartime resister|
|Organization||Réseau AGIR, French Resistance|
|Known for||Investigation of the V-1 flying bomb facilities in Northern France during World War II|
|Children||Francine, Florian ( former conductor of the Orchestre symphonique de la région Centre) and Vincent|
His contribution was recognised by the British by the award of the Distinguished Service Order for having "reconnoitered a number of heavily guarded V-1 sites and reported on them". Hollard's efforts included 49 trips smuggling reports to a British attaché in Switzerland.
Initially serving in World War I, Hollard subsequently became an engineer and was employed by Maison Gazogène Autobloc, a manufacturer of wood gas generators. Hollard founded AGIR in 1941.
Following his capture in February 1944, he was tortured and imprisoned first at Fresnes Prison and in June 1944 as a forced laborer at the main Neuengamme concentration camp (prisoner "F 33,948"). In 1945, as a result of Swedish intervention Hollard was one of a group of prisoners transferred to the ship Magdalena after being evacuated on April 20 on the prison ship Thielbek. The Thielbek was sunk on May 3 by a Royal Air Force attack on German shipping.
After the war, Hollard "was given the rank of Colonel" and, despite the V-1's destruction of over 80,000 English houses between June and September 1944, Sir Brian Horrocks called him "the man who literally saved London".
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