D-Day girls the untold story of the female spies who helped win World War II
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"Gripping. Spies, romance, Gestapo thugs, blown-up trains, courage, and treachery (lots of treachery)--and all of it true."--Erik Larson, author of The Devil in the White City and Dead Wake
In 1942, the Allies were losing, Germany seemed unstoppable, and every able man in England was on the front lines. To "set Europe ablaze," in the words of Winston Churchill, the Special Operations Executive (SOE) was forced to do something unprecedented: recruit women as spies. Thirty-nine answered the call, leaving their lives and families to become saboteurs in France.
In D-Day Girls , Sarah Rose draws on recently declassified files, diaries, and oral histories to tell the thrilling story of three of these remarkable women. There's Andrée Borrel, a scrappy and streetwise Parisian who blew up power lines with the Gestapo hot on her heels; Odette Sansom, an unhappily married suburban mother who saw the SOE as her ticket out of domestic life and into a meaningful adventure; and Lise de Baissac, a fiercely independent member of French colonial high society and the SOE's unflappable "queen." Together, they destroyed train lines, ambushed Nazis, plotted prison breaks, and gathered crucial intelligence--laying the groundwork for the D-Day invasion that proved to be the turning point in the war.
Rigorously researched and written with razor-sharp wit, D-Day Girls is an inspiring story for our own moment of resistance: a reminder of what courage--and the energy of politically animated women--can accomplish when the stakes seem incalculably high.
Praise for D-Day Girls
"Rigorously researched . . . [a] thriller in the form of a non-fiction book." -- Refinery29
"Equal parts espionage-romance thriller and historical narrative, D-Day Girls traces the lives and secret activities of the 39 women who answered the call to infiltrate France. . . . While chronicling the James Bond-worthy missions and love affairs of these women, Rose vividly captures the broken landscape of war." -- The Washington Post
"Gripping history . . . thoroughly researched and written as smoothly as a good thriller, this is a mesmerizing story of creativity, perseverance, and astonishing heroism." -- Publishers Weekly (starred review)
ContentsPart 1. God help us
A first class agent
The queen of the organization
To the very last man
Part 2. 1000 dangers
The dark years
Alone in the world
Robert est arrivé
The Paris of the Sahara
The demolition must never fail
An obstinate woman
An endless Calvary
The dog sneezed on the curtains
When the hour of action strikes
Part 3. Kisses
A patriotic profession
A little braver
The sighing begins
Death on one side, life on the other
Your mind goes on thinking
Epilogue: a useful life.
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Borrel, Andréé, -- 1919-1944.
Baissac, Lise de, -- 1905-2004.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service -- Great Britain.
Women spies -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Women spies -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Espionage, British -- France -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Underground movements -- France.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Women -- Great Britain.
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 291-371) and index.
Includes bibliographical references.