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Krystyna Skarbek (1915 – 1952) was a Polish Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent who became a legend in her own time for her daring exploits in intelligence and sabotage missions to Nazi-occupied Poland and France. She was a British agent just months before the SOE was founded in July 1940 and had been the longest serving of all British women agents during World War II. Because of her influence the SOE began to recruit increasing numbers of women agents into the organization.

Krystyna Skarbek – a Polish Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent, legendary for daring intelligence and sabotage missions to Nazi-occupied Poland and France. Longest serving British women agent during World War II.

Vera Atkins (real name Vera-May Rosenberg) was recruited by the spymaster known as Intrepid—Canadian business man William Stephesen—at the age of twenty-three and before the outbreak of World War II found herself fighting along side American, Canadian and British civilians to derail the dangers of the Third Reich. By the mid-1930s she was already an experienced spy, currying and sending information to both President Roosevelt and Churchill. When the Second World War finally broke out in…

demons: “ Vera Atkins (real name Vera-May Rosenberg) was recruited by the spymaster known as Intrepid—Canadian business man William Stephesen—at the age of twenty-three and before the outbreak of.

Churchill's favorite  spy,  Christine Granville's most devastating weapon was her ability to charm men and always had a knife strapped to her thigh

The spy who loved men: She was Churchill's favourite spy, the inspiration for Bond's lover in Casino Royale, and always had a knife strapped to her thigh

Churchill's favorite spy, Christine Granville's most devastating weapon was her ability to charm men and always had a knife strapped to her thigh. Vesper from Casino Royale is based on her character

Stranded Flight Nurses, WWII The nurses who remained in the military after World War I lobbied for full military status, arguing that they too had risked their lives for their country and deserved the benefits and authority that came with rank. In 1920, the Army Reorganization Act awarded Army nurses relative rank in the grades of Second Lieutenant to Major. Though it gave nurses the status of officers and allowed them to wear the insignia of their ranks, nurses’ pay was about half that of…

Flight nurses of the Medical Air Evacuation Transport Squadron show off the holes in their shoes. Their plane went down in Nazi-occupied Albania on 8 November and they were rescued and returned to Italy, 9 January

Women Heroes of WWII: Maria von Maltzan: The German Countess Who Hid Jews

The History Girls: Maria von Maltzan - a German resistance heroine, by Leslie Wilson. "Women Heroes of World War II" by Kathryn Attwood

Heroine: Didi's sister Jacqueline also served as an SOE agent during World War II (transmitting messages from the Nazis to the British) but returned to Britain exhausted in 1944

Braver than any man: Revealed for the first time, the awe-inspiring courage of two British sisters who waged a one-family war on the Nazis - and were left with emotional scars that never healed

Jacqueline Nearne (and, separately, her sister Eileen) was a British spy operating in France

Bravery: Eileen Nearne was known as Agent Rose during her time as a member of the British Special Operation Executive

Charlotte Gray revealed: The truth behind the British heroine who died forgotten and the scars of her secret war which drove her to become a hermit

Eileen Nearne, aka Agent Rose, who operated as Mademoiselle du Tort for the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War

Mrs Eleanor Xiniwe (née Ndwanya) of the African Choir, 1891. Photographed by London Stereoscopic Company studios. Between 1891-1893 a group of young Africans singers toured Britain and North American...

Mrs Eleanor Xiniwe (née Ndwanya) of the African Choir, Photographed by London Stereoscopic Company studios. Between a group of young Africans singers toured Britain and North American as the ’ African Choir’. Inspired by Orpheus M.

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