Secret Dorking

Secret Dorking

Wolverhampton Reflections

Wolverhampton Reflections

SOE Heroines

The Special Operations Executive's French Section and Free French Women Agents

Publication Date15th October 2021

Book FormatPaperback

pages416

Illustrations8

Height198

Width129

New B-format paperback - The amazing stories of 38 female spies who operated in occupied France and Vichy France, many told for the very first time.
RRP: £12.99 Online Price £11.69
Availability: In stock
ISBN
9781398103382

Nearly forty female agents were sent out by the French section of Britain’s Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the Second World War. The youngest was 19 and the oldest 53. Most were trained in paramilitary warfare, fieldcraft, the use of weapons and explosives, sabotage, silent killing, parachuting, codes and cyphers, wireless transmission and receiving, and general spycraft.


These women – as well as others from clandestine Allied organisations – were flown out and parachuted or landed into France on vital and highly dangerous missions: their task, to work with resistance movements both before and after D-Day.


Bernard O’Connor uses recently declassified government documents, personnel files, mission reports and memoirs to assess the successes and failures of the 38 women including Odette Sansom, Denise Colin, and Cécile Pichard.


Of the twelve who were captured, only two survived; the others were executed, some after being tortured by the sadistic officers of the Gestapo. This is their story.

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