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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,032 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
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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
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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 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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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. I had some initial misgivings, as it looked like it may be suggesting a greater morale outrage about British women being killed in a concentration camp, than that attributed to the Jewish holocaust. However the enormity of the warped rationale fuelling Nazi ethnic cleansing was poignantly explored. The international politics driving Anglo French and Anglo Russian collaboration was well argued which gave another dimension to this historical account. I would recommend it for the human interest account of ordinary women displaying immense courage and an eating insight into the less palatable aspects of espionage and warfare.
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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 ) lived, first as an .escapee hidden by the resistance and later, after his return to England,as an operator for SOE, dropped into the Jura to train the Maquis.Last year, before Hearing of Rita Kramers book, I visited Natzweiler camp and this enthralling account of so many other SOE agents as well as the the courageous four who died there has been truly spellbinding. Magnificent and machiavellianly labyrinthine.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 1 month ago by Peter wilford
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 1 month 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 4 months ago by NJ
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking tales of missing secret agents
While this has lots of fascinating information about SOE Operations in France in WW2 it needs a better editor. Read more
Published 5 months ago by James Kemp
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read
Brings home the role some women played in the war. Bravery beyond my understanding, sad that so many lost their lives so horrifically.
Published 5 months ago by russell casey
5.0 out of 5 stars Flames in the field.
This was an excellent read. I could not put it down. I would recommend this book . Very interesting and brave young women who lost there lives to betrayal .
Published 8 months ago by Richard Devine.
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
this was a very interesting book,one never knows what ordinary people have done in this world very good reading.well worth buying.
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Heroism beyond belief.
I believe books such as this should be widely read & discussed including in schools. A lot of us these days are guilty of too much selfishness & vanity & so therefore to read about... Read more
Published 12 months ago by kat
4.0 out of 5 stars A DETAILED NOVEL OF BRAVERY AND TREACHERY
A VERY WELL RESEARCHED NOVEL. I READ 'DEATH BE NOT PROUD' SOME 30 YEARS AGO
BUT FOUND THIS BOOK MORE SUPERIOR, IF NOT SOMEWHAT ON THE HEAVY SIDE.
Published 13 months ago by Bob Swift
4.0 out of 5 stars Flames in the Field
I thoroughly enjoyed this well written book. I shall certainly look forward to reading more from this author. Well worth reading.
Published 14 months ago by Mrs. M. Edmonds
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Andrée Borrel, the first woman to be parachuted into occupied France and, in Elizabeth Nicholas’ words, ‘a towering figure in the history of the French resistance.’ &quote;
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A special category was reserved for captured maquis partisans and members of other resistance organizations. These prisoners, classified as ‘NN’, were identified by a red cross on the back of their uniforms and red stripes on the trousers and a yellow patch with three black circles making a convenient target over the heart. &quote;
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