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  • Mission France

  • The True History of the Women of SOE
  • By: Kate Vigurs
  • Narrated by: Esther Wane
  • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: History, Europe
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Summary

The full story of the 39 female SOE agents who went undercover in France.

Formed in 1940, Special Operations Executive was to coordinate Resistance work overseas. The organization's F section sent more than 400 agents into France, 39 of whom were women. But while some are widely known - Violette Szabo, Odette Sansom, Noor Inayat Khan - others have had their stories largely overlooked.

Kate Vigurs interweaves for the first time the stories of all 39 female agents. Tracing their journeys from early recruitment to work undertaken in the field, to evasion from, or capture by, the Gestapo, Vigurs shows just how greatly missions varied. Some agents were more adept at parachuting. Some agents' missions lasted for years, others' less than a few hours. Some survived, others were murdered. By placing the women in the context of their work with the SOE and the wider war, this history reveals the true extent of the differences in their abilities and attitudes while underlining how they nonetheless shared a common mission and, ultimately, deserve recognition.

©2021 Kate Vigurs (P)2021 Tantor

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Soe

Very informative listen,
learned a lot from this title
Definitely a good defence book