"I have always been interested in history and particularly the
Second World War - perhaps because members of my family were
involved. Some British people I have met seem to have a real
downer on the French and a limited, ill informed and prejudiced
view of their role in the Second World War. This offended my
sense of Britishness particularly as the French were our allies.
"Down to my British sense of fair play I decided to investigate
further the role of the French in the Second World War and
re-enact them to educate my countrymen and women.
"I started off with a limited vision concentrating on the Free
French and Colonial Forces. I found the experience so
compelling and fascinating that, as I have proceeded, my reading
has expanded to include Vichy France, other Free French Forces,
the French interior resistance groups and resistance to the
Nazis in other countries, including Germany. I try to
understand the complexities of this period of history and the
effect it had on men and women of that time."