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Odette Hallowes - GC, MBE, Chevalier de la legion d'honneur. She worked for the French underground, but was betrayed to the Gestapo. Under torture, she stuck to her cover story, was sentenced to death and taken to Ravensbruck. She survived the war and went on to testify against her the prison guards in 1946. Legend!

Odette Marie Celine Brailly, was born in Amiens, France on April She was recruited by the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) and sent to France as the radio operator for the 'Spindle' network, led by Peter Churchill in 1942 ~

Famous Spies Virginia Hall Known by her moniker “Artemis” in Germany, Virginia Hall was a US spy who worked with the Special Operations Executive during World War II in the 1940s and later for a division of the CIA. Her efforts included helping the French Underground in Vichy and the French resistance as a correspondent, and the Gestapo referred to her as “the most dangerous of all Allied spies”. Oh, and she only had one leg – the other was amputated from the knee down.

10 Of The Most Famous Spies In History

Virginia Hall, one of the first female SOE agents sent into southern France; later an agent of the OSS. Her story is featured in Women Heroes of WWII

For more than 60 years, the heroism of Noor Inayat Khan, one of Winston Churchill's elite Special Operations Executive secret agents, has remained largely forgotten. She was the first female radio operator sent into Nazi-occupied France, where her bravery has long been recognized, and for three months she single-handedly ran a cell of spies across Paris until she was betrayed and captured.  For ten months she was tortured by the Gestapo desperate for any information about SOE operations, but…

For more than 60 years, the heroism of Noor Inayat Khan, one of Winston…

Most Decorated Woman in US Military – (1907 to 2002) – Col. Ruby Bradley of the Army Nurse Corps was the most highly decorated army nurse, receiving 34 medals and citations of bravery for her military service during the Japanese and Korean War, on World War II. Her awards included Legion of Merit Medals, Bronze Stars, Presidential Emblems, WWII Victory Medal, U.N. Service Medal, and Florence Nightingale Medal.

After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Colonel Ruby Bradley was captured by the Japanese in the Philippines. After her capture, Bradley continued to work as a nurse in POW camps until She is the most-decorated woman in US military history.

Lise Marie Jeanette de Baissac MBE (1905–2004) was born in Mauritius of French descent and British nationality. She was a heroine of SOE during WWII, a special agent who risked her life running her own operations. Her story is part of "Female Agents" (2008). After the war she worked for the French Service of the BBC, marrying Gustave Villameur in 1950. In addition to her 1945 MBE she was also awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur and the Croix de Guerre avec palme. She had no…

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After fleeing Paris in Lise de Baissac found herself in London and applied to join SOE as soon as they accepted females. Along with Andree on September she was one of the first female agents to parachute into France.

On 24 Sept. 1944, 1st Lt. Mary Louise Hawkins was evacuating 24 patients from the fighting at Palau to Guadalcanal when the C-47 made a forced landing. During the landing, a propeller tore through the fuselage and severed the trachea of one patient. She made a suction tube from various items including the inflation tube from a Mae West. With this, she kept the man’s throat clear of blood for 19 hours. All of her patients survived. For her actions, she received the Distinguished Flying Cross.

On Sept. Mary Louise Hawkins was evacuating 24 patients from the fighting at Palau to Guadalcanal when the ran low on fuel. The pilot made a forced landing in a small clearing on Bellona Island. During the landing, a propeller tore,

Denise Bloch    A French jew, Denise was a British secret agent for the SOE.  Her family was rounded up by the Gestapo in 1942 during the French occupation.  Soon after, she spent 10 months learning to parachute, be a wireless operator etc.  She was later dropped into central France where she sent 31 messages back to the SOE. In 1944, Denise was arrested & sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp where she suffered a great deal of hardship for nearly a year before being executed

Denise Bloch A French jew, Denise was a British secret agent for the SOE. Her family was rounded up by the Gestapo in 1942 during the French occupation. Soon after, she spent 10 months learning to parachute, be a wireless operator etc. She was later dropped into central France where she sent 31 messages back to the SOE. In 1944, Denise was arrested & sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp where she suffered a great deal of hardship for nearly a year before being executed

Noor-un-Nisa Inayat Khan (2 January 1914 - 13 September 1944) was an Allied SOE agent during the Second World War who was awarded the George Cross, the highest civilian decoration in the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth nations. Despite that all the other Physician network radio operators were arrested by the Sicherheistdienst, along with hundreds of Resistance personnel associated with Prosper. Noor rejected an offer to return to Britain.

SOE agent Noor Inayat Khan, also known as Nora Baker, executed by the Gestapo in September 1944

Marianne Cohn - French Resistance heroine, saved groups of Jewish children from Vichy France by helping them over the Pyrenees to Spain. Was caught by the gestapo and murdered by a gang of German soldiers; beaten by shovels and kicked to death

Marianne Cohn, member of the Mouvement de la Jeunesse Sioniste and Jewish French resistant, also involved in the rescue of Jewish children and young people. In May, she was arrested along with 28 Jewish children under her care and interned.

Hannie Schaft, part of the Dutch resistance movement in WWII.  She was arrested just 3 weeks before the end of the war.  Her last words to her executioners, between the first and second bullets, were:  "I shoot better than you."  WOW

Hannie Schaft, part of the Dutch resistance movement in WWII. She was arrested just 3 weeks before the end of the war. Her last words to her executioners, between the first and second bullets, were: "I shoot better than you." WOW via Joy Davis

John Withers. The World War II veteran risked a dishonorable discharge and the loss of his academic career in order to hide and save two dying Jewish teens he liberated from the Dachau concentration camp. They were reunited decades later, sharing their experiences with their families.

John L. Withers, 91; Sheltered Two Young Victims of WWII

John Withers, a black WW II veteran risked a dishonorable discharge and the loss of his academic career in order to hide and save two dying Jewish teens he liberated from the Dachau Concentration Camp - they were reunited decades later

Everyone Should Know About This Guy.   His story is told in a documentary that can be found on Netflix. Watch it and educate yourself.

Everyone Should Know About This Guy

In a photograph taken after the war, deadly special agent Christine Granville smiles for a never-before-seen picture

Never-before-seen pictures of Britain's first female special agent sho

The beauty queen who became Churchill's favourite spy: Never-before-seen pictures of special agent whose extraordinary courage paved the way for the liberation of France

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