Susan, the hidden hero of Bir Hakeim

(BE, FR)

Short film - Documentary

Finished - Minor

2017 - 52 min - Portrait historique - FR

Broadcasting date : RTBF - novembre 2017 , France 5 - mars 2018, Toute l'histoire - avril 2019

Director : Patrick Jeudy

Screenplay : Patrick Jeudy

Casting : Irène Jacob (commentaires)

Producer : Eklektik Productions (BE), CFRT (FR)

Partners : RTBF (Télévision belge), Shelter Prod, ECPAD, France TV, CC, Histoire, Procirep-Angoa


Flamboyant, heroic, solar. Susan Travers is one of those women we do not forget. For seven years from 1940 to 1947, this English girl raised in the South of France, daughter of a Royal Navy officer, fought the war as a driver in the Free French Forces and then in Indochina.

This woman was the great love of General Koenig. The ""cleaners"" of memory cleaned up the traces of the one who could have shamed the reputation of Koenig, the winner of Bir Hakeim, later elevated to the dignity of Marshal of France.

Susan had to wait until the age of 86 to be recognized and finally decorated with the Legion of Honor, before Simone Veil later paid tribute to her.

Technical information

Cinematographer : Jérémie Gasparutto (dessins originaux) , Charlotte de Luppé (Documentaliste), Xavier Pique (étalonnage) et Amandine Godgfroid & Olivier Derop (Animations, after effect)

Sound : Matthieu Cochin

Editing : Christine Marier

Music : Laurent de Nanteuil


France, Belgique