WOMEN IN INTELLIGENCE

World War II

United Kingdom

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King, Stella. "Jacqueline": Pioneer Heroine of the Resistance. London: Arms and Armour Press, 1990.

Kramer, Rita. Flames in the Field: The Story of Four SOE Agents in Occupied France. London: Michael Joseph, 1995.

Long, Helen. Safe Houses Are Dangerous. [UK]: Abson Books, 1989.

Lynn, Vera. Unsung Heroines: The Women Who Won the War. London: Sidgwick & Jackson, 1990.

From the publisher: "Women of all ages, abilities and social backgrounds played a vital role in the winning of the Second World War. In this book Dame Vera Lynn amasses the experiences and memories of WRENS, WRACS, ATS officers, ambulance drivers, nurses, land-girls, radio operators and code-breakers, spies and resistance workers, from the mundane to the dramatic and sometimes painful. She also recollects the courage and stoicism of those who just got on with family life."

Marriott, Edward. Claude and Madeleine: A True Story of War, Espionage and Passion. London: Picador, 2005.

Madeleine Victorine Bayard [Madeleine Barclay] and Claude André Michel Péri [Jack Langlais] served with SOE. They died when the specialty boat HMS Fidelity was sunk by U-boats in late December 1942-early January1943.

Masson, Madeleine. Christine: A Search for Christine Granville, GM, OBE, Croix de Guerre. London: Hamish Hamilton, 1975. Christine: SOE Agent & Churchill's Favourite Spy. London: Virago, 2005.

Miller, Gene E. [SFC/USA] "MI Corps Hall of Fame: Virginia Hall." Military Intelligence 20, no. 3 (Jul.-Sep. 1994): 44-45.

Miller, Joan. One Girl's War: Personal Exploits in MI5's Most Secret Station. Dublin: Brandon, 1986.

Steiner, I&NS 3.2, calls this "a delightful and entertaining account of the war-time exploits" of a young woman "who entered the secret world of intelligence and became personal assistant to Maxwell Knight,... Chief of MI5's B5 (b) section."

Minney, R.J. Carve Her Name with Pride: The Story of Violette Szabo. London: Collins, 1964. Barnsley, UK: Pen and Sword, 2006.

Szabo was an SOE agent in France. Captured by the Germans on a second mission, she was murdered in the Ravensbruck concentration camp. Szabo was portrayed by Virginia McKenna in the 1958 British film "Carve Her Name with Pride." (Nash, Spies, p. 550) See also, Ottaway, Violette Szabo (2002); and Szabo, Young Brave and Beautiful (2007).

Mulley, Clare. The Spy Who Loved: The Secrets and Lives of Christine Granville, Britain's First Female Special Agent of WWII. London: Macmillan, 2012.

Jones, Telegraph (London), 3 Jul. 2012, finds this to be a "compulsively readable biography" of Krystyna Skarbek, aka Christine Granville. Originally recruited by MI6, Granville joined SOE and parachuted into France where she worked with the "Jockey" resistance network. For her exploits, Granville was awarded an OBE, but died forgotten in a cheap London hotel in 1952 at the hand of a stalker. This is a "dogged piece of detective work"on the author's part. For Peake, Studies 57.1 (Mar. 2013), and Intelligencer 20.1 (Spring-Summer 2013), this book "is very well documented and a pleasure to read." See also, Masson, Christine (1975).

Nouzille, Vincent. L'espionne: Virginia Hall, une Americaine dans la guerre. Paris: Fayard, 2007.

Foot, Studies 53.1 (Mar. 2009), says that this is an "excellent account of one of the war's most remarkable secret agents...; a translation into English would be most welcome." It "is a great improvement" over Pearson, The Wolves at the Door (2005). See also, Miller, "MI Corps Hall of Fame: Virginia Hall," Military Intelligence 20.3 (1994).

Ottaway, Susan. Violette Szabo: "The Life that I Have...." Barnsley, UK: Leo Cooper/Pen & Sword, 2002. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2003.

Szabo was an SOE agent in France. Captured by the Germans on a second mission, she was murdered in the Ravensbruck concentration camp. Szabo was portrayed by Virginia McKenna in the 1958 British film "Carve Her Name with Pride." (Nash, Spies, p. 550) Ringlesbach, IJI&C 16.4, notes that the author's research has "corrected many errors in R.J. Minney's book" [Minney, Carve Her Name with Pride (1964)]. The reviewer found the work "fascinating." See also, Szabo, Young Brave and Beautiful (2007).

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