DMH Spotlight - André Peulevey post-war archives of the Resistance online from 5/1/18 All rights reserved. Back

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This is a page for André's own archives...for his documentation in the Archives of the French Govenment, including Joël Le Tac signed forms for his networks, see

http://www.dianamarahenry.com/AndreJosephScheinmannCartedeCombattantVolontaire.htm

 

Above: Part of André's Interpreter's pass, issued by the Germans, that alllowed him to circulate and gain access...

 

 

Wonder what he was doing on May 12, 1945?


Finally, the family of André Peulevey, whose birth name was Joseph Scheinmann has released that part of his records that they did not throw away to Diana Mara Henry who has been working on his memoirs for 25 years.This vast trove of some 500 plus documents is an enormous amount of material to put into page protectors, scan and organize.Here is a sample to stand for the rest that will be put online later this summer....At that time we should also be able to write more of the history fo the networks with which André was involved, or directed. In these documents we see that there are several more that he was asked to "liquidate" or vet to the French government,in addition to Overcloud, for which Joël Le Tac had been considered the leader: Le Dantec,La Bande à Sidonie, Alexandre..all seem to be British-funded.  And plenty of documentation of his role at the French National Railroads (S.N.C.F.)

DECISION # 30

 

General De Gaulle, President of the Provisional

Government of the French Republic, Department of the Armies,

 

CITES for the ORDER of the AMY CORPS

 

PEULEVEY André Maurice                                 F.F.C. Forces Françaises Combattantes / French Fighting Forces]

 

"Escaped prisoner of war, joins the AIGLE network in October 1940, creates a Sabotage network in the bosom of the S.N.C.F. that was to function for 15 months. Quickly rose to leadership, worked at the same time first as local, then regional intelligence agent. Joined the F.F. C. network in March 1941. All by himself took over the organization after the arrest of his boss, contacted numerous groups, reorganised them for greater productivity. Traveled to England, where he passed his parachute course, came back charge with two very important missions that he headed. Arrested on his return, never admitted to what he knew, despite blows and torture, endured one year in solitary confinement, deported to Germany, was liberated in April 1945, came back with perfect morale."

 

WITH THIS CITATATION IS GRANTED THE 1939 WAR CROSS WITH

 

GOLD STAR

 


We also see the many ways in which he was known to his agents: Mon Capitaine, Cher Camarade, Le Neveu ( his "pseudo" ecause he worked under Thomas Greene, as MI6 agent), Mon cher ami, Cher Monsieur, Mon cher André...

And can read his sensitive and courageous messages of consolation and reassurance to his closest cohort, leaders of networks Madame Seidel and Madame Wilborts, who poured out their troubles..

Above: Statement of Miss Jeanne Ropers, Secretary to Turban and Peulevey at the S.N.C.F.

Below: Madame Louis' proposal as head of Network 31 for the Legion of Honor for Louis Turban. 

She mentions he

"sent an agent to London to take orders for the reorganization of the network" - that was André.

 

Below: Among hundreds of documents André kept from his work as "Liquidateur de Réseau" (network credentialer) is this one that is addressed to him from the "Territorial Center for Administration and Accounting" to let hiim know that "various agents of your network have not received the pension to which they were entitled, as they cannot be reached at the address given in their P/2 files."  This document is kind of special in that is mentions a network not yet explored: Alexandre, part of "Groupe Overcloud."

 

 "No one can write a book about resistance and get it straight;

the reality is always more complex than what any author   can express."

- Vera Atkins in conversation with and as recorded by M.R.D. Foot, Resistance, xii.

 

 

 

 

See the list of her agents here, assembled from Groupe Le Dantec

 

André's answer of reassurance to her is below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 From the founder of La Bande à Sidonie, Suzanne Wilborts, below:

 

André must have been offended by something she wrote to him and she explains:

 

KER-AVEL                                                                          19 January 1949

ILE DE BREHAT

CÔTES-DU-NORD

 

My dear Le Neveu [the nephew]

 

Allow me to tell you that you are just an old fool.

I am going to refresh your memory.

When during my interrogations, for the Germans, they talked to me of you, of your famous trip to London, I always denied it to their face: "Ah! Peulevey! but he's half-cracked. That trip to London never existed except in his imagination, he was incapable of doing something like that. Boast about it, maybe, but execute it, never."

That is simply what I was alluding to in my letter. It had no pejorative meaning, and was only a memory of a trick thus played on the Germans.

That being said, I am delighted to know that all three of you are happy, having a handsome boy.

As for me, if I had insisted on my vetting by grade it is because I have for my heart a disability pension of "sous-lieutenant" and it would have been more advantageous to have a rank of Captain, and that times are tough! As well as the British having happily scooped up their 200,000 francs.

I send you my affectionate memories and friendly regards from Yvette,

Sidonie. 

 

Below, her letter to André about her penury and the abandonment by the British, as well as her bitterness and suspicion about the head of the network Georges France / group 31, Madame Louis:

 

 More from Suzanne Wilborts about Madame Louis, in her letter to Max Eidem, here

 

 

 

 

 Below is from the Réseau Action:

 

 

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