, real name André Léon Brouillard
(15 April 1900 - 13 December 1985), was a French writer, spy
and resistance member.
Brouillard was born in Le Cateau-Cambrésis
. He participated in the First World War
as a resistance fighter and in 1916 was arrested by the Germans at Saint-Quentin, Aisne
, condemned to death and later pardoned.
He was educated at Saint-Cyr
(1920-1922), Ecole de Guerre
(Superior War School) (1932-1934), and Ecole libre des sciences politiques
(Free School of Political Science). As an armoured troops' officer, he took part in the campaign against Rif
rebels in Morocco
and there earned the distinction of knight
of the Légion d'honneur
In 1939, Brouillard was appointed chief of intelligence of the 9th and 10th Armies. During the German invasion of 1940, he was again captured, escaped and became commander of one of the most active units of the French resistance. He ended the Second World War
as a colonel
and was awarded numerous military decorations.
Brouillard published his first espionage novel, Double crime sur la ligne Maginot
(Double Crime on the Maginot Line
) in 1936, under the pseudonym of Pierre Nord. The tense and complicated plot revolved around the hunt for a murderous German spy who operated in one of the forts in the Maginot Line
. The spy, masquerading as a lieutenant
in the French army, was neutralized by an ingenious trap set by the Deuxième Bureau' operative Captain Pierre Ardant. (Curiously, the chief protagonists... Read More