Over 60 female agents were sent out by Britain's Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the Second World War. These women - as well as others from clandestine Allied organisations - were flown out and parachuted or landed into occupied Europe on vital and highly dangerous missions: their job was to work with resistance movements both before and after D-Day. Bernard O'Connor relates the experiences of these agents of by drawing on a range of sources, including many of the women's accounts of their wartime service. There are stories of rigorous training, thrilling undercover operations evading capture by the Gestapo in Nazi-occupied France, tragic betrayals and extraordinary courage.
Bernard O'Connor is the author of RAF Tempsford: Churchill's Most Secret Airfield and Agent Rose: The True Wartime Story of Eileen Nearne. His website is www.bernardoconnor.org.uk. He lives in Bedfordshire.