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Vera Atkins, CBE (16 June 1908, Bucharest, Romania - 24 June 2000, Hastings, England) was a British intelligence officer during World War II. Atkins was given one of SOE's most sensitive jobs - recruiting and deploying female agents. When the allied victory in Europe was accomplished, she went to Germany. Her self-appointed mission was to investigate the fate of the 118 F section agents who had disappeared in enemy territory. She succeeded in every case except one.
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As a master spy for the Allies, Vera Atkins led a relentless covert war against Nazi Germany.

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Vera Atkins, CBE (16 June 1908, Bucharest, Romania - 24 June 2000, Hastings, England) was a British intelligence officer during World War II. Atkins was given one of SOE's most sensitive jobs - recruiting and deploying female agents. When the allied victory in Europe was accomplished, she went to Germany. Her self-appointed mission was to investigate the fate of the 118 F section agents who had disappeared in enemy territory. She succeeded in every case except one.

Vera Atkins, CBE (16 June 1908, Bucharest, Romania - 24 June 2000, Hastings, England) was a British intelligence officer during World War II.  Atkins was given one of SOE's most sensitive jobs - recruiting and deploying female agents.  When the allied victory in Europe was accomplished, she went to Germany. Her self-appointed mission was to investigate the fate of the 118 F section agents who had disappeared in enemy territory. She succeeded in every case except one.

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Violette Reine Elizabeth Bushell Szabo, GC, (1921–1945) was a World War II French-British secret agent. She was brought to Gestapo headquarters at 84 Avenue Foch for interrogation and torture. In Aug1944, she was moved to Ravensbrück concentration camp, where over 92,000 women died. There, she endured hard labour and malnutrition, she managed to help save the life of courier Hortense Clews. She was executed on or about 5Feb1945 and her body disposed of in the crematorium. She was 23 years old.
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The Violette Szabo Museum is located in Herefordshire in the grounds of a small house named Cartref where Violette spent many happy childhood days and did indeed stay between her missions to France during the war.

Violette Reine Elizabeth Bushell Szabo, GC, (1921–1945) was a World War II French-British secret agent. She was brought to Gestapo headquarters at 84 Avenue Foch for interrogation and torture. In Aug1944, she was moved to Ravensbrück concentration camp, where over 92,000 women died. There, she endured hard labour and malnutrition, she managed to help save the life of courier Hortense Clews. She was executed on or about 5Feb1945 and her body disposed of in the crematorium. She was 23 years old.

Violette Reine Elizabeth Bushell Szabo, GC, (1921–1945) was a World War II French-British secret agent.  She was brought to Gestapo headquarters at 84 Avenue Foch for interrogation and torture. In Aug1944, she was moved to Ravensbrück concentration camp, where over 92,000 women died. There, she endured hard labour and malnutrition, she managed to help save the life of courier Hortense Clews. She was executed on or about 5Feb1945 and her body disposed of in the crematorium. She was 23 years…
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Eileen Nearne worked undercover for the Special Operations Executive as a radio operator and courier in Paris! This story is so incredible, you don't want to miss it!
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Eileen "Didi" Nearne was a member of the UK's Special Operations…

Eileen Nearne MBE of SOE fame during WW II. Eileen was a courier and telegraph operator. She spoke French fluently but was a British agent. She was parachuted into France.

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Eileen Nearne worked undercover for the Special Operations Executive as a radio operator and courier in Paris! This story is so incredible, you don't want to miss it!

Eileen Nearne worked undercover for the Special Operations Executive as a radio operator and courier in Paris! This story is so incredible, you don't want to miss it!
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A member of the Belgian Resistance during World War II. She organized the Comet Line for escaped Allied soldiers. Through the Comet Line she helped over 800 downed Allied Airmen escape back to England. After the war, she worked in leper hospitals in Africa.
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Andree de Jongh, courtesy of Sherri Greene Ottis. Andree de Jongh was a native of Belgium, a 23 year-old artist and nurse-in-training whe.

A member of the Belgian Resistance during World War II. She organized the Comet Line for escaped Allied soldiers. Through the Comet Line she helped over 800 downed Allied Airmen escape back to England. After the war, she worked in leper hospitals in Africa.

A member of the Belgian Resistance during World War II. She organized the Comet Line for escaped Allied soldiers. Through the Comet Line she helped over 800 downed Allied Airmen escape back to England. After the war, she worked in leper hospitals in Africa.
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At first her Special Operations Executive trainers expressed doubt about using Noor in the field due to her “gentle and unworldly character,” however she was fluent in French and trained in wireless operation, and was ultimately selected to work as a spy in Nazi-occupied France. She was deployed in June of 1943 under the code name “Madeleine.”
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Noor Inayat Khan Courtesy of Shrabani Basu The Gestapo knew there was a radio operator in Paris, but for months Noor successfully .

At first her Special Operations Executive trainers expressed doubt about using Noor in the field due to her “gentle and unworldly character,” however she was fluent in French and trained in wireless operation, and was ultimately selected to work as a spy in Nazi-occupied France. She was deployed in June of 1943 under the code name “Madeleine.”

At first her Special Operations Executive trainers expressed doubt about using Noor in the field due to her “gentle and unworldly character,” however she was fluent in French and trained in wireless operation, and was ultimately selected to work as a spy in Nazi-occupied France. She was deployed in June of 1943 under the code name “Madeleine.”
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Phyllis Latour Doyle, a 93-year-old former British spy who was parachuted behind enemy lines in occupied Normandy.
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Phyllis Latour Doyle, former British secret agent will receive France's highest award for her courage - 70 years after parachuting behind enemy lines in preparation for D-Day

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Phyllis Latour Doyle, a 93-year-old former British spy who was parachuted behind enemy lines in occupied Normandy.

Phyllis Latour Doyle, a 93-year-old former British spy who was parachuted behind enemy lines in occupied Normandy.

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For more than 60 years, the heroism of Noor Inayat Khan, one of Winston Churchill's elite Special Operations Executive secret agents, has remained largely forgotten. She was the first female radio operator sent into Nazi-occupied France, where her bravery has long been recognized, and for three months she single-handedly ran a cell of spies across Paris until she was betrayed and captured.  For ten months she was tortured by the Gestapo desperate for any information about SOE operations, but…

For more than 60 years, the heroism of Noor Inayat Khan, one of Winston…

Countess Karolina Lanckorońska (1898-2002) was a Polish World War II resistance fighter, historian and art historian. As member of Polish resistance she was arrested, interrogated, tortured, tried and sentenced to death at Stanisławów prison. Thanks to her family connections, she wasn't executed but was instead sent to the Ravensbrück concentration camp. Immediately after release in 1945, she wrote her war memoirs. Source: Wikipedia.

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Eileen Nearne, aka Agent Rose, who operated as Mademoiselle du Tort for the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War

Andrée Borrel (1914-1944) joined the French Resistance helping British airmen shot down over France to escape through the "underground railway" back to Britain. Later she became the first female agent of the SOE to be parachuted into Occupied France during WWII, to become part of Francis Suttill's Prosper network. Suttill was impressed with Borrel's performance and in the spring of 1943 she was made second in command of the Paris network. She was arrested 23 June 1943

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Virginia Hall was a one-legged American spy in southern France during World War II. Nazis caught onto her and invaded the south. She spent two days escaping through the Pyranees mountains. Nazis put up wanted posters of her. She then returned to France disguised as a limping old woman. She helped establish the foundation for D-Day. After the war, she became one of the first female CIA agents

Virginia Hall was a one-legged American spy in southern France during World War…

Krystyna Skarbek (1915 – 1952) was a Polish Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent who became a legend in her own time for her daring exploits in intelligence and sabotage missions to Nazi-occupied Poland and France. She was a British agent just months before the SOE was founded in July 1940 and had been the longest serving of all British women agents during World War II. Because of her influence the SOE began to recruit increasing numbers of women agents into the organization.

Krystyna Skarbek – a Polish Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent, legendary for daring intelligence and sabotage missions to Nazi-occupied Poland and France. Longest serving British women agent during World War II.

E.Zawadzka - Polish scouting instructor, SOE agent and a freedom fighter during World War II. Brigadier General of the Polish Army, Paratrooper - the only woman among the Cichociemni, In 1944 fought in the Warsaw Uprising . In 1945 she joined the anti-Communist organization Freedom and Independence (WiN), but quit soon afterwards and took up a teaching job. In 1951 arrested and tortured by UB (Security Service) and sentenced to 10 years in prison. University professor (history). Died at 100.

Cichociemni, Secret Polish Forces The Polish Underground Resistance during World War II was the largest of it's kind in Europe.

Dorothy Hodgkin OM, FRS 1910 - 1994 Awarded the Nobel prize for chemistry Dorothy Hodgkin work on critical discoveries of the structure of both penicillin and later insulin. These discoveries led to significant improvements in health care. An outstanding chemist Dorothy also devoted a large section of her life to the peace movement and promoting nuclear disarmament.

Dorothy Mary Hodgkin, OM, FRS May 1910 – 29 July née Crowfoot, was a British biochemist, credited with the development of protein crystallography. She was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in

Mujeres en la historia: Una espía inglesa en la Francia ocupada, Yvonne Cormeau (1909-1997)

Head and shoulders portrait of Mrs Yvonne Cormeau who served as as SOE Wireless Operator in France.

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Amy Johnson, English aviator One of the first women to gain a pilot's licence, Johnson won fame when she flew solo from Britain to Australia in Her dangerous flight took 17 days. Later she flew solo to India and Japan and became the first

Philippe Liewer (1911-1948) was a French SOE agent during WWII. War name: Hamlet. He escaped from Mauzac concentration camp in 1942, with 10 other French and English agents (and 2 camp guards!). After this he went to London and went on 3 more missions in France for SOE.

Philippe Liewer was a French SOE agent during WWII. War name: Hamlet. He escaped from Mauzac concentration camp in with 10 other French and English agents (and 2 camp guards! After this he went to London and went on 3 more missions in France for SOE.

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Portraits of 10 Women Who Acted as Spies to Stop the Nazis

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