Tessa's World War II History Website

In Memory of
Marthe Janssen-Leyder
A Belgian Secret Army Operative
We all have "History" in our family backgrounds, most of it unremarkable.
However, sometimes there is something quite extraordinary to recount... something which is real history... something we should not forget.
Such is the wartime story of the secret life of my Belgian aunt and others like her who worked for the Belgian Resistance and the Allies during World War II.
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"Madame Johnson"
   Marthe Janssen-Leyder  

Most of the airmen forced to bale out over enemy occupied territories during World War Two were captured and sent to prisoner of war camps. A lucky few were found first by the Resistance and were escorted from safe house to safe house along one of the many escape lines. One of these routes passed through the village of Eisden, in Belgium, where my aunt lived.

Photograph of Marthe Janssen-Leyder

My aunt was just one small link in the chain of helpers along these meandering evasion routes in Belgium, all of which eventually linked up with one of the famous escape routes such as the Comete Line, which started from Brussels, went south through France, over the Pyrenees and then through Spain to Gibralter. Perhaps you, your father, your uncle, your grandfather or an older friend, were one of the "lucky few". Perhaps you passed through Eisden and remember Marthe Janssen-Leyder as "Madame Johnson"... If you do, I would be very pleased to hear from you or from anyone with relevant information. You can contact me via the email link below left or, if you do not have access to an email programme, please use the 'Feedback Form' button below right.

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The British Airman: Douglas Jennings' Story
N.B. Douglas Jennings has just published, "Jump or Die",
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