The Heroines of SOE: Britain's Secret Women in France

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History Press Limited, 2010 - Biography & Autobiography - 240 pages
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Britain's war in the shadows of male spies and subterfuge in the heart of occupied France is a story well known, but what of the women who also risked their lives for Britain and the liberation of France? In 1942 a desperate need for new recruits, saw SOE turn to a previously overlooked group - women. These extraordinary women came from different backgrounds, but were joined in their idealistic love of France and a desire to play a part in its liberation. They formed SOE's F Section. From the famous White Mouse, Nancy Wake, to the courageous, Noor Inayat Khan, they all risked their lives for King, Country and the Resistance. Many of them died bravely and painfully, and often those who survived, like Eileen Nearne, never told their stories, yet their secret missions of intelligence-gathering and sabotage undoubtedly helped the Resistance to drive out their occupiers and free France. Here, for the first time is the extraordinary account of all forty SOE F women agents. It is a story that deserves to be read by everyone. 'They were the war's bravest women, devoted to defeating the Nazis yet reluctant ever to reveal their heroic pasts. Now a new book tells their intrepid tales.' Daily Express Squadron Leader BERYL E. ESCOTT served in the RAF and is one of the foremost experts on the women of SOE.

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User Review  - jamespurcell - LibraryThing

A brief history of the SOE and vignettes about its female agents. Thoroughly researched and an excellent glimpse at many heroic and mostly unknown warriors of WW2. Read full review

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About the author (2010)

Beryl Escott served for 26 years as a WRAF officer, after completing her degree and working as a teacher. She is now a prolific writer and historian, her books include Our Wartime Days.

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