In World War II, 37 women were dropped in occupied France to work as Special Operations Executive agents and 'set Europe ablaze'. 13 never returned. They were executed in Hitler's concentration camps. This is the fascinating story of eight of those female agents, all striking beauties (despite the need to be inconspicuous), all from civilian life, who were warned of the likelihood of arrest, torture and a brutal death before they volunteered.
None demurred. These young women were given months of arduous fitness, gun, explosives, endurance and code training before parachuting into occupied territory.
But Women Who Lived for Danger also contains eight very personal tales.
Why did these women volunteer? Where did they come from? Marcus Binney tells of a life of Resistance work and uncover operations, clandestine activities and even armed combat, and a constant fear of discovery.
But above this book tells of extreme bravery and devotion to duty.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages, 16 pp B&W photos
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 09/06/2003
- Category: True war & combat stories
- ISBN: 9780340818404
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Review by TasmanLibBkGroup
Amazing stories of some of the women agents who worked for Churchill's SOE in the Second World War. These remarkable women risked their lives every time they parachuted into France as wireless operators, couriers or in whatever way they could, to help members of the Resistance fight against Nazi Germany. Some made it safely back to England , only to return again and again, others didn't and were executed. True, incredible accounts of immense courage and bravery.