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SOE Heroines: The Special Operations Executive's French Section and Free French Women Agents
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SOE Heroines: The Special Operations Executive's French Section and Free French Women Agents (Paperback)

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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 Cecile 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.

BiographyTrue storiesTrue war & combat storiesHistory & PoliticsMilitary HistorySecond World WarHistory & PoliticsPolitics & governmentInternational relationsEspionage & secret services Publisher: Amberley Publishing Publication Date: 15/11/2020 ISBN-13: 9781398103382  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Bernard O'Connor has been a teacher for almost forty years and is an author that specialises in the history of Britain's wartime espionage. His website is www.bernardoconnor.org.uk. He lives on the Bedfordshire/Cambridgeshire border.

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