In the Second World War British operatives from ‘Section F’ of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) were active in the Touraine Region, and across all France. Do visit www.fact-index.com/s/so/soe_f_section_timeline.html for a full list.
One example of those listed is Brian Stonehouse: 1918-1998 (pictured right). In 1941 he
was parachuted into occupied France near Tours.
Eventually he was captured and interrogated by the Gestapo who placed him in solitary confinement and subjected him to brutal interrogations in the harshest of conditions, including those at the notorious Fresnes Prison, Paris. Finally he was sent to Germany and the Mauthausen concentration camp.