Signed First Day Covers. Movie Star signed photos. APOLLO & NASA SPACE. WW2 French Resistance and M. I9 agent JIMMY LANGLEY hand written & signed letter. 8×12 inch letter, written and signed by Dunkirk, O. Leary Line and MI9 veteran Jimmy Langley MC. James Maydon “Jimmy” Langley MBE, MC (12 March 1916 10 April 1983), was an officer in the British Army, who served during World War II. Langley was born in Wolverhampton, the son of Francis Oswald Langley (18841947), a stipendiary magistrate, recorder and chancellor. He was educated at Uppingham School and Trinity Hall, Cambridge. Having served as a cadet under officer in the Uppingham School Contingent of the Junior Division of the Officers’ Training Corps, he was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Coldstream Guards (Supplementary Reserve) on 4 July 1936 and promoted to lieutenant on 4 July 1939. Langley was mobilised on 24 August 1939 to serve in the 2nd Battalion, Coldstream Guards, in the British Expeditionary Force. In early June 1940, during the battle of Dunkirk, he was seriously wounded in the head and arm. Unable to walk, he was left behind at a Casualty Clearing Station, where he was captured, and later had his left arm amputated by a German Army doctor. On 10 October he escaped from a hospital in Lille and made his way to Marseille. Like other British prisoners in the Vichy Zone Langley was held at Fort Saint-Jean, though this confinement was nominal, as they were only required to attend roll-call once a week, but were otherwise free. While in Marseille Langley worked as a courier for the escape line run by the Scottish officer Ian Garrow and Minister Donald Caskie. In February 1941 Langley was declared “unfit for further military service” by a Medical Board containing Dr. George Rodocanachi, and was repatriated in March. On his return to England he was recruited by Claude Dansey into the Secret Intelligence Service (MI6) to serve as liaison officer between MI6 and MI9, where most of his work involved the support of escape and evasion lines in north-west Europe. He was promoted to captain (war substantive) on 30 October 1943, and to major on 14 April 1944, and then to acting-lieutenant colonel on 14 January 1944. In January 1944 Langley was appointed to joint command of a new Anglo-American unit; Intelligence School 9 (Western European Area), which was attached to SHAEF during the western campaign of 194445. IS9(WEA)’s role was to organise escape and evasion, setting up reception centres, collating intelligence and organising the return of personnel to the UK. These operations extended to liberated POWs as their camps were overrun. It was also involved setting up “safe areas” behind enemy lines in which men could congregate until liberated, rather than risk breaking through the front line. The organisation was also involved in. Operation Pegasus at Arnhem. Langley was demobilised on 4 July 1946, being transferred to the Regular Army Reserve of Officers with the rank of lieutenant (war substantive major), retaining his seniority.  He was promoted to major in the Reserves on 1 January 1949, eventually relinquishing his commission, having reached the age limit, on 12 March 1966, and was granted the honorary rank. Langley retired in 1976 and died in 1983. Langley was portrayed by the actor Benedict Cumberbatch in the 2004 BBC series Dunkirk. WE ARE UACC REGISTERED DEALERS NUMBER RD209. We are UACC Registered Dealers RD209. Flat items are packaged in board backed envelopes with’Please Do Not Bend’ printed to the front. Items larger than 8×12 inches are usually sent in a sturdy tube. We are UACC Registered Dealer RD209. We continue to hold a large number of’Private Signings’ with Concorde Pilots, WWII Veterans, Celebrities and so on, in order to guarantee authenticity. _gsrx_vers_841 GS 7.0.16 (841). The item “WW2 French Resistance and M. I9 agent JIMMY LANGLEY hand written & signed letter” is in sale since Thursday, February 6, 2020. This item is in the category “Collectables\Autographs\Certified Original Autographs\Military”. The seller is “buyautographs” and is located in Ashford, Kent. This item can be shipped worldwide.
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