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Flames in the Field

Flames in the Field [Kindle Edition]

Rita Kramer
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The true story of four brave women secretly sent into the darkness of Nazi-occupied France to carry out Winston Churchill's plan to "set Europe ablaze." Caught in a web of deception surrounding the preparations for the D-Day invasion, their mission ended in betrayal and sacrifice. An engrossing history based on first-hand interviews with agents of the Special Operations Executive and revelations about the secret organization and the courageous women who served it.
There was the French working-class courier who helped downed pilots and escaped POWs on their way to freedom; the fashionable parisienne who returned thinking she could outwit the Gestapo; the upper-crust English member of the Auxiliary Transport Service who volunteered to join SOE because she loved France; and the Romanian Jewish refugee who told her mother, "If we don't help ourselves, no one will help us" and fell in love with the leader of her resistance group.
Each of them, the men they worked with under cover of darkness, and the enigmatic woman who saw them off into the unknown, was a remarkable character, their stories told here in vivid detail for the first time.

About the Author

Rita Kramer's previous books include Maria Montessori: A Biography, At Tender Age, Ed School Follies, and When Morning Comes. Her articles and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, the International Herald Tribune, American Heritage, Commentary, The American Spectator, the Wilson Quarterly, City Journal and other magazines and anthologies in the U.S. and abroad. She lives in New York City.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2188 KB
  • Print Length: 370 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1453834273
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (21 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006C6NOOK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,621 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well Researched 4 Jan 2009
Rita Kramer writes like a journalist and has researched thoroughly the 4 women who were murdered at Natzweiler concerntration camp. She delves deeply into the four women's lives before - after and during the war that ended so tragically for them. She details their betrayal and elaborates further on the duplicity of Henri Dericourt and SIS.
It is an interesting read - thoroughly researched.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flames in the field 25 Feb 2013
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Passionate and engrossing, this book was well researched and asks some very pertinent questions about the work of the SOE.Some detail is lacking due to the secretive nature of the subject matter, but Rita Kramer has done much to ensure that the legacy of the four female agents depicted in the book lives on. Haunting in places, this book will undoubtedly make the reader acutely aware of the bravery,and occasional foolishness of the operatives sent to deal a blow to Nazism in occupied France.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well written, very moving and fascinating 17 Jan 2013
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This is a well written and well presented account of the SOE and the brave people who were part of the resistance movement. It also shows the good and bad along with the mishandling and cover-up in a very even handed way.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 16 Jan 2013
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I picked this up after reading The Spy Princess about the life of Noor Inayat Khan and wanting to know more. This book concentrates on the 4 women who were executed at Natsweiler concentration camp but also touches on other agents in the field. I thought it presented an excellent overview of SOE, the agents in the field, the double agents and balances it against the overall strategy of the war. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 23 Nov 2012
This story of four agents is quite fascinating. At times their efforts seem inadequately planned and poorly conducted, but overall it is a story of remakable adaptability by these women and almost unbelievable bravery. Obcviously it has a series of sad endings, but it is a fascinating story. Ultimately like many stories from that period it exposes almost inhuman cruelty defeated by quiet bravery.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A tribute to ordinary men & women 16 Dec 2014
By John G.
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Among the oft told stories of wartime muddle, political scheming and armchair warriors this book highlights the bravery of ordinary men & women who helped others in the early dark days of Germany`s evil occupation of France.
What is so heart breaking is that most of them suffered unimaginably horrific deaths as result of betrayal by collaborators. Rita Kramer`s well written book left me wondering how we Britons would have behaved if the Nazis had crossed the Channel. Thank God that we never had to find out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant. 22 Aug 2014
By Sharon
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I've only read a few chapters, but, already I'm really enjoying the book. The author hasn't rambled on, like some do, to get the page count up. The book is detailed, and very informative, which makes me just want to keep on reading. Best I've read, in a while, about S.O.E. and The Resistance. It's amazing, just how many selfless, brave and courageous men and women, who were dedicated to their cause, and knew they could be captured, interrogated, tortured and then murdered at any time. Wow!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Story of 4 SOE Agents Flames in the Field. 14 July 2014
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Such brave ladies. Must be read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Jest could not put it down.
Published 2 months ago by MR J E McGANN
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Received in good condition. Fascinating if sad & disturbing book.
Published 2 months ago by MRS DAGMAR JOHNSON
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked the book but it wasnt what I expected so ...
I liked the book but it wasnt what I expected so a bit disappointing in that way. I expected to read and learn more about the four women.
Published 3 months ago by B S Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Did you know.
I hadn't realised the extent of the battle between SOE and MI6, nor had I read about the depth of use of SOE's radios by the Germans and the possible reasons for the length of time... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mr. E. B.
5.0 out of 5 stars There suffering was so great that we will truly never know
A book that is worth reading so that we learn from hat those who gave their lives for others.There suffering was so great that we will truly never know
Published 4 months ago by JUNE Nursey
3.0 out of 5 stars Thoughtful account of special operations in 2nd World War
I read this book following a recommendation by a friend. I have an interest in the contribution women made in the two wars and it does not disappoint. Read more
Published 5 months ago by KMcA
5.0 out of 5 stars Hard facts can be as riveting as anything fictional.
I have read this whilst in France and following in the footsteps of la resistance and in particular the region's in which George Millar ( his books are Horned Pigeon and Maquis )... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Edward Crook
1.0 out of 5 stars This book has frozen at page 48, so I cannot finish it review it
Can't review because I cannot finish it, this is the second time this has happened and I am at a loss.
Published 6 months ago by Viza
5.0 out of 5 stars Great piece of work
I made up my mind not to comment on books unless they were written by someone who can really write. Rita Kramer is above and beyond being a good writer - she's great. Read more
Published 6 months ago by L W Darbon
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opening
This book traces the lives of four SOE operatives that were executed by the Nazis at the end of the war, who they were, what they did, and how they died. Read more
Published 9 months ago by NJ
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