One week after the D-Day landings on Tuesday, 13 June 1944, Hitler launched his
first “Vengeance Weapon” against London, planning to finally destroy the city
that would not give in.
Jed Falby, a ten-year old boy, lived in London then – a
most unwilling observer of this new Blitz. At the same time, in occupied France,
a forty-year old Frenchman worked to save both young Jed and the old City of
London. Yet very few French or English know his name: Michel Hollard.
Halsgrove’s first entry into the hugely popular world of the graphic novel comes in the
form of this true story of French Resistance hero, Michel Hollard, who was almost
single-handedly responsible for revealing the Nazi plan for their ‘Vengeance’ rocket
attacks on Britain; risking life and limb to get blueprints and photographs of the V1 and
V2 sites into the hands of the Allies. Superb illustrations reminiscent of Herge’s
famous hero Tintin bring this little known story to vivid life, and place Michel Hollard
among one of the true unsung heroes of the Second World War.
Before being twice evacuated from London to Devon during the Second World War Jed Falby
was given a ringside seat as witness to the bombing of London and the arrival of Hitler’s V1 and
V2 rockets, the Nazi’s last throw of the dice in their battle to conquer Britain. Later, as an
aerial photographer in the RAF, studying animation in Canada, and working in commercial film
production both in the US and France, Jed honed his observational and drawing skills which
even today sees him recording everyday incidents in one of hundreds of his ‘diary sketchbooks’.
Imprint: PiXZ Books. ISBN 978 0 85710 094 8, softback, 297x210mm, 112 pages. Published March 2015.