Others died under bullets or guards were caught by the fascists, they were severely punished and returned back to camp. In the POW camps and concentration camps in the French civilian work. Among them were the agents of the Resistance, which, when opportunity helped shoots small groups of prisoners and detainees. And fugitives passed to those who brought them to the guerrillas – poppies. After several unsuccessful escape from hard labor on the railroad car repair facility in Saarbrucken managed to escape from the Nazi hell, GP Ponomarev. About a month with a friend, he made his way PA Zakharkin in occupied France. Meeting with leaders of the resistance in the east of France, decided their fate: they Steel frantirerami – guerrillas.
The first baptism of fire in George Ponomarev received the night of 13 to 14 December 1943, taking part in the start-up enemy trains derailed near the station Barankur. Soon, along with a connected G. Ponomarev left in the forest area near the village of Lauzon, where he met a group of former Soviet prisoners of war. Then there were several people who arrived from Paris, and together they were in the main body of Verdun forest guerrilla group, which was called 'Stalingrad'. At the beginning of February 1944 almost unarmed guerrillas then derailed the train with the German outfit. Two weeks 'George', as they called Mr. Ponomarev French and six guerrillas in the area Spenkura derailed German troop train with guns and vehicles. February '23 day 'guerrilla commander' George 'said another blow to the enemy – the guerrillas knocked out the German defense in the post Canton Fresnes-en-Voevr.