Michel Hollard was born in Epinay, July 10th, 1898, the son of Auguste Hollard and Pauline Monod.
Michel Hollard served in World War 1. After the war he was employed as an engineer by Maison Gazogène Autobloc, a company manufacturing generators for gas produced from wood.
1941 he established the Réseau Agir, a network for counterespionage in France. Februari 1944 he was caught by the Germans and tortured in the Fresnes prison before being transferred to the concentrationcamp Neuengamme as prisoner F 33.948. April 30th, 1945, he was taken away on board the vessel Magdalene and later on transferred to the vessel Thielbek. May 3rd, 1945 the vessel was attacked by British Hawker Typhoons of 198 Squadron and sunk. Michel Hollard surrvived the attack.
After the war he was promoted to Colonel. Michel Hollard became famous by a statement from Sir Brian Horrocks who called him “the man who literally saved London” because of his work as a spy concerning V-1 launch sites.
Michel Hollard passed away July 16th, 1993.
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