In March 1944, 470 French Resistance fighters took on 10,000 German and Vichy soldiers. It was the Secret Army who had decided to stand firm in the French Alps and prepare for the Allied invasion. On March 26, the Germans began an artillery barrage against Secret Army positions, sent in dive bombers and then troops, which were beaten back. The Secret Army began a retreat but found themselves encircled. They split into three parties, but each was ambushed, killed or taken prisoner. In the Alamo-like glory of their destruction, they became an inspiration which drew together a new mountain army of 3,000 men. Amazing and affecting, the story is told in this book for the first time.