A nerveless Nazi-killer

As part of our occasional series profiling remarkable yet unheralded characters from history, Gavin Mortimer introduces Johnny Hopper, the British lone-wolf fighter who embarked on a campaign of violence that made him one of the most wanted men in Nazi-occupied France...

Illustration of Johnny Hopper by Stavros Damos

This article was first published in the September 2017 issue of BBC History Magazine.

Johnny Hopper and his wife, Paulette, arrived at the cafe on the rue Beaubourg on schedule. They chose a table at the end of the long narrow cafe, their backs to the wall and with an unobstructed view of the entrance.

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