The Heroines of SOE
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The Heroines of SOE : F Section, Britain's Secret Women in France

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Britain's war in the shadows of male spies and subterfuge in the heart of occupied France is a story well known, but what of the women who also risked their lives for Britain and the liberation of France? In 1942 a desperate need for new recruits, saw SOE turn to a previously overlooked group - women. These extraordinary women came from different backgrounds, but were joined in their idealistic love of France and a desire to play a part in its liberation. They formed SOE's F Section. From the famous White Mouse, Nancy Wake, to the courageous, Noor Inayat Khan, they all risked their lives for King, Country and the Resistance. Many of them died bravely and painfully, and often those who survived, like Eileen Nearne, never told their stories, yet their secret missions of intelligence-gathering and sabotage undoubtedly helped the Resistance to drive out their occupiers and free France. Here, for the first time is the extraordinary account of all forty SOE F women agents. It is a story that deserves to be read by everyone. `They were the war's bravest women, devoted to defeating the Nazis yet reluctant ever to reveal their heroic pasts. Now a new book tells their intrepid tales.' Daily Express Squadron Leader BERYL E. ESCOTT served in the RAF and is one of the foremost experts on the women of SOE.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 124.46 x 195.58 x 22.86mm | 281.23g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0752487299
  • 9780752487298
  • 165,455

Review quote

"Tells the story of some women whose deeds are not usually detailed . . . an absorbing read . . . a fine book which adds much to the literature of one of the most intriguing aspects of the Second World War." --"History Times"show more

About Squadron Leader Beryl E. Escott

Beryl Escott served for 26 years as a WRAF officer, after completing her degree and working as a teacher. She is now a prolific writer and historian, her books include "Our Wartime Days."show more

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