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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Female spies are often the stuff of legend and myth. Here, for the first time, Beryl Escott tells the true story of the incredible 40 women who worked for Britain's Special Operations Executive during the Second World War. These women came from a variety of backgrounds, from Gillian Gerson a Chilean actress, to the Irish Mary Herbert, recruited for her linguistic skills, through to the famous Odette Samson--the "darling spy." She explores what made them risk their lives, even those with new-born babies, for a cause greater than themselves. She takes us on a journey through their recruitment and training into their undercover operations, as they diced with death and details their often tragic demise from death by injection to being shot in a prisoner of war camps. This is a far from glamorous picture, but a moving and gripping story that needs to be told.

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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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