Agent Rose: The True Spy Story of Eileen Nearne, Britain's Forgotten Wartime Heroine

Agent Rose: The True Spy Story of Eileen Nearne, Britain's Forgotten Wartime Heroine


By (author) Bernard O'Connor

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  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing
  • Format: Hardback | 264 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 236mm x 30mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 19 January 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Chalford
  • ISBN 10: 1445608383
  • ISBN 13: 9781445608389
  • Illustrations note: 26 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 774,565

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The life and poignant death of one of Britain's bravest women. In September 2010 the body of Eileen Nearne was found in a flat in Torquay. With no known friends or relatives, a council burial was arranged. A police search of her belongings found wartime French currency, and wartime medals. Further investigation revealed that she was one of 40 women sent into France by the SOE, the Special Operations Executive, Churchill's top secret wartime 'spook' organisation. Her story and her poignant death as a recluse became an international media sensation. Being fluent in French Eileen was identified early in the war by the SOE as a potential agent. After spending time as a wireless operator picking up transmissions from agents in the field and decoding them, she was chosen to be parachuted into occupied France, underwent paramilitary training and was assigned the codename 'ROSE'. After working in dangerous conditions in Paris for several months, she was captured, interrogated and tortured. Keeping to her story that she was an unwitting French girl caught up in resistance work, she was transferred to a series of concentration camps in Germany. She miraculously escaped from a concentration camp in early 1945. Eileen had difficulty adjusting to living in post-war Britain, suffered from a nervous breakdown and eventually became a recluse. Includes 40 illustrations, 10 in colour.

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Author information

Bernard O'Connor has been a teacher for almost forty years and is the author of CHURCHILL'S MOST SECRET AIRFIELD: RAF TEMPSFORD. He is currently writing CHURCHILL'S ANGELS: HOW BRITAIN'S WOMEN AGENTS CHANGED THE COURSE OF THE SECOND WORLD WAR, also for Amberley. He lives in Bedfordshire.

Table of contents

1 Prologue: 3 March 1944 & 2 September 2010 2 Growing Up in England & Escaping from France: 1921 - 42 3 Settling in London & Initial Interview with SOE: Spring 1942 4 Training for Work as a Secret Agent: Summer 1942 - Autumn 1943 5 Preparations for the Drop into Occupied France: Winter 1943 - Spring 1944 6 Working for the Resistance in France: 3 March 1944 - 24 July 1944 7 Arrest, Interrogation, Torture & Escape: 25 July 1944 - 25 May 1945 8 Life Back in England: 26 May 1945 - 2 September 2010 Appendix Endnotes Bibliography List of Illustrations Index