The Women Who Lived For Danger Paperback – 9 Jun 2003
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A profile of society's fear of forceful women (Image, Dublin)
He writes with real sympathy of the work of SOE's women agents ... each one brief, evocative and easy to read. All these stories exhibit quiet heroism and a readiness to take on ghastly risks; many show the catastrophic suddenness with which agents plunge into danger (MRD Foot, The Times)
An annal of bright courage (John Crossland, The Sunday Times)
It is a book to dip in and out of and relish. More than that, it captures a manic truth about terror. (Peter Preston, Observer)
Mr Binney covers their activities on the ground with authority and conviction; and describes with a sure touch the complex atmosphere of jealousies, political jockeying and incipient treachery ... the book is a tribute to them all and a worthy record. (Charles Vyvyan, Country Life)
Enthralling new details about World War II and Churchill's top-secret Special Operations Executive are uncovered (Val Hennessy, Daily Mail)
As Binney observes in this fascinating and valuable account, these girls were no Charlotte Grays, ducking out of service to pursue calls of the heart. They were girls who did the business. (Alan Judd, Sunday Telegraph)
This remarkable story . . . pays tribute to their astonishing and often unsung heroism without resorting to sensationalism. (Sunday Mercury)
Reading [this] no one would ever doubt the courage of the men and women of Special Operation Executive (Artemis Cooper, Daily Telegraph)
High drama . . . a tribute to the remarkable women who risked their lives (Good Book Guide)
Thirty-seven young women volunteered for extremely dangerous undercover work in occupied France during the Second World War. This is their story.See all Product Description
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As there's a chapter on each of them, it's a book you can dip in and out of which, when you're not in a position to read on a daily basis, is a good thing.
It's been said before, but I am so much in awe of these women who volunteered for this work, knowing they stood a very small chance of returning.
I don't know whether these books are on the schools' reading lists but, if they aren't, they should be!!
Trained to use weapons, fluent in French, trained to pose as chic Parisiennes by night and country woman by the day, these valiant, beautiful, dedicated and intelligent women endured, danger, deprivation, torture and sometimes death at the hands of the Gestapo, SS and SD as well as the French collaborationist police, and contributed greatly to the war effort of Britain to defeat Nazism
Gripping and informative. Some really interesting facts about espionage during World War II.The author conducted interviews and used the official documents which adds authenticity to this volume.
He recounts that it was the 'highly intelligent sensitive'women who endured torture best, not the 'tough guys'.
People who had been tortured revealed that it was the 'smaller things' such as puling out of death or nails, not the beatings, hangings by the wrists, electric shocks or near drownings, which made them semi-conscious after a time.
Most agreed if you could endure the first quarter of an hour without talking you probably wouldn't talk at all.
The biographies of such women as Christina Granville, Violette Szabo, Noor Inayat Khan and Paola Del Din, what motivated them, what made them effective as agents and what they endured is a valuable\ insight into understanding both the espionage during the Second World War and the role of espionage in that war.
In today's fight against terror and Islamo-Nazism, the heroism of new men and women will be required and revealed
Carve their name in gold
This book shows the distance they would go to ensure safety of their own people, the stability of their country as much as they could and the horrendous quality of equipment they had to use, some to heavy to carry so they left it behind! Hiking mountains on their own, jumping out of planes flying very low ( in relly rubbish parachutes ) and putting themselves in serious danger to finish their tasks.
I am sure there may be A LOT that cannot be put in a book like this even nowadays, and some may be a little sentationalised or perhaps even "down played" but its a great book to get a good feel of what these girls endured.
Including Christina Granville, Virginia Hall, Lisa De Baissac, Noor Inayat Khan, pearl Witherington, Paddy O'Sullivan, Violette Szabo, Maguerite 'Peggy' Knight, Paola Del Din and Alix D'Unienvile .....GO ON THE GIRLS I say...anyone finishing this should check out the "Night Withes or Stalins Falcons" next....x x x
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loved this book, its about women with guts. women like that do not exist today. they did not get the attention men heroes did.Published on 14 Aug. 2013 by patricia
The author comes from a family interwined with that most active yet least efficient WW2 organization, the Special Operations Executive. Read morePublished on 25 Nov. 2009 by Ian Millard
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