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The Women Who Lived for Danger

The Agents of the Special Operations Executive
Binney, Marcus (Book - 2002 )
The Women Who Lived for Danger
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Considers the contributions of World War II female secret agents, noting their experiences as undercover anti-Nazi operatives, weapons specialists, and prisoners of war, profiling ten courageous women from all walks of life.

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The Special Operations Executive was formed by Winston Churchill in 1940 to "set Europe ablaze." In the SOE women were trained to handle guns and explosives, work undercover, endure interrogation by the Gestapo, and use complex codes. In The Women Who Lived for Danger, acclaimed historian Marcus Binney recounts the story of ten remarkable women who were dropped in occupied territories to work as secret agents.

Once they were behind enemy lines, theirs was the most dangerous war of all, as they led apparently normal civilian lives while in constant danger of arrest. They organized dropping grounds for arms and explosives destined for the Resistance, helped operate escape lines for airmen who had been shot down over Europe, and provided Allied Command with vital intelligence. SOE women agents came from all walks of life: from the dazzling Polish Countess Krystyna Skarbek (alias Christine Granville) and the American Virginia Hall, who was from a rich Baltimore family, to Marguerite Knight, a secretary in Walthamstow. Petite Lisa de Baissac lived next to Gestapo headquarters in Poitiers playing the part of a quiet widow, while twenty-year-old student Paola Del Din was sent to find a way through the German front line in Florence. Hot-tempered Paddy O'Sullivan deflected a German officer from examining her suitcase by making a date with him, and Alix d'Unienville feigned madness when captured.

The stories of these women agents -- some famous, some virtually unknown -- are told with the help of extensive new archive material. Their exploits form a new chapter of heroism in the history of warfare matched only by their determination, resourcefulness, and ability to stay cool in the face of extreme danger.



Book News
Formed by Winston Churchill in 1940, the Special Operations Executive trained women to work as secret agents behind enemy lines. At a time when women in the armed forces were restricted to a strictly non-combatant role, the women of SOE trained and served alongside the men. In this text for the general reader, independent scholar Binney recounts the stories of ten of these remarkable women. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
The Special Operations Executive was formed by Winston Churchill in 1940 to "set Europe ablaze." In the SOE women were trained to handle guns and explosives, work undercover, endure interrogation by the Gestapo, and use complex codes. In The Women Who Lived for Danger, acclaimed historian Marcus Binney recounts the story of ten remarkable women who were dropped in occupied territories to work as secret agents.
Once they were behind enemy lines, theirs was the most dangerous war of all, as they led apparently normal civilian lives while in constant danger of arrest. They organized dropping grounds for arms and explosives destined for the Resistance, helped operate escape lines for airman who had been shot down over Europe, and provided Allied Command with vital intelligence. SOE women agents came from all walks of life: from the dazzling Polish Countess Krystyna Skarbek (alias Christine Granville) and the American Virginia Hall, who was from a rich Baltimore family, to Marguerite Knight, a secretary in Walthamstow. Petite Lisa de Baissac lived next to Gestapo headquarters in Poitiers playing the part of a quiet widow, while twenty-year-old student Paola Del Din was sent to find a way through the German front line in Florence. Hot-tempered Paddy O'Sullivan deflected a German officer from examining her suitcase by making a date with him, and Alix d'Unienville feigned madness when captured.

Authors: Binney, Marcus
Statement of Responsibility: Marcus Binney
Title: The women who lived for danger
the agents of the Special Operations Executive
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, c2002
Characteristics: xv, 380 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 24 cm.
Notes: Hardcover ed. published: London : Hodder & Stoughton, 2002
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 361-366) and index
Subject Headings: Great Britain. Special Operations Executive Biography World War, 1939-1945 Secret service Great Britain World War, 1939-1945 Women Great Britain Women intelligence officers Great Britain Biography
Topical Term: World War, 1939-1945
World War, 1939-1945
Women intelligence officers
LCCN: 2003060784
ISBN: 0060540877
Branch Call Number: 940.5486 B
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