Wanted Notices for OAS Terrorists

Répertoire Photographique d'Individus Recherchés.

Paris: Ministère de l'Intérieur, Direction Générale de la Sureté Nationale, Préfecture de Police, [1962]. 12mo. (15.7 x 11 cm). Original stapled printed paper wrappers; unpaginated (31 leaves printed recto only). Extremely minor foxing to first three pages, some sunning to front cover, overall very good condition. Together with an OAS embroidered cloth patch representing the movement's emblem.

A small album representing the second collection of wanted notices put out by Parisian authorities after the attack on Petit-Clamart of August 22, 1962. This attack, called by its organizers 'Operation Charlotte Corday', was an attack organized by Lieutentant-Colonel Jean Bastien-Thiry, whose goal was to assassinate General Charles de Gaulle, President of France, in the commune of Clamart outside of Paris. This was one of several attempts made by the OAS (Organisation Armée Secrète) to assassinate de Gaulle, and the most prominent. The OAS was a far-right French dissident paramilitary organization formed during the Algerian War. The group carried out terrorist attacks, including bombings and assassinations, in an attempt to prevent Algeria's independence from French colonial rule. Its motto was "L'Algérie est française et le restera".

On August 22, De Gaulle's car carrying himself, his wife, and his entourage came under fire by submachine guns as it drove through Petit-Clamart. No one was seriously injured, while the perpetrators were all arrested and put on trial. The leader of the attack, Bastien-Thiry, was convicted in 1963 and executed by firing squad, the last person to undergo execution in this manner in France.

The first page of this booklet contains a list of eleven suspects, including names, nicknames, and dates and places of birth, noting at the bottom of the page "Leurs photographies et tous les renseignements utiles les concernant figurent dans l'opuscule rouge diffusé fin septembre.” The following pages contain the photographs of 30 individuals connected with the attack, including names, nicknames or aliases, birthdates and places of birth, along with additional details such as physical descriptions, military history, affiliations, arrests and convictions, and in some cases, escapes.

Scarce; as of April 2022, OCLC does not locate any listings of this title.

Book ID: 52007

Price: $1,250.00