Collection Four French Books, Published in 1950s by Four Different Authors: Gen. Giraud, Jean D'Esme, Joseph Kessel, & Eilis Dillon
These are four very interesting books about military operations and lives during WWII, France.
They are each hardbound in cream yellow boards, with decorations of stars on the front, and criss cross patterns on the front and back covers. The end pages are in a blue green with cloud like patterns across the pages. The books measure 5 3/4 inches by 8 1/8 inches. The books are in good condition, with complete texts, and no rips to the pages. Each book is illustrated with full page colors drawings.
The first book mentioned here is Res Evasions, by General Henri Giraud, illustrated by De P. Couronne, published by Hachette, 1952. The book is about Ten. Giraud's experiences escaping from the German's (he also escaped during WWI). His second escape was in 1942, and some of the Vichy ministers (those siding with the Germans), tried to send him back to Germany, but Eisenhower secretly intervened, and asked him to take command of French troops in North Africa.
The second book is entitled Leclerc by Jean D'Esme, a French journalist and writer. Jean d'Esme, pseudonym of Viscount Jean Marie Henri d'Esmenard. Published 1954.
The third book, Mermos by Joseph Kessel is about aviation and in particular, Mermoz, a most prestigious and most beloved of the pilots at the time. Published 1954
The fourth book is by Eilis Dillon. She was born in Galway, in the West of Ireland in 1920. She published more than 50 books. San Sebastian, an old Spanish sail ship, is found unmanned by Pat Hernon on the Irish coast. The book is about Hernon's adventures. Published in 1954.