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The Women Who Lived For Danger By Marcus Binney

The Women Who Lived For Danger
by Marcus Binney

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In World War II, 37 women were dropped in occupied France to work as Special Operations Executive agents. This is the story of eight of these female agents, all from civilian life, who volunteered for a life of resistance work, undercover operations and a constant fear of discovery.
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The Women Who Lived For Danger by Marcus Binney

In World War II, 37 women were dropped in occupied France to work as Special Operations Executive agents and "set Europe ablaze". 13 never returned. They were executed in Hitler's concentration camps. This is the story of eight of these female agents, all from civilian life, who were warned of the likelihood of arrest, torture and a brutal death before they volunteered. None demurred. The women were given months of arduous fitness, gun, explosives, endurance and code training before parachuting into occupied territory. But this story also contains eight very personal tales. Why did these women volunteer? Where did they come from? Marcus Binney tells of a life of resistance work and undercover operations, clandestine activities and even armed combat, and a constant fear of discovery. But above all this book tells of extreme bravery and devotion to duty.

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The Women Who Lived For Danger Reviews


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 Coo

About Marcus Binney


Marcus Binney went to Cambridge, and has lectured extensively to historical societies in New York, Boston, Rhode Island, and Virginia on architectural preservation and history. He has fronted a 39-part series - Mansions: The Great Houses of Europe - broadcast in the US between 1993 and 1997.

Additional information

GOR000699070
The Women Who Lived For Danger by Marcus Binney
Marcus Binney
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Hodder & Stoughton General Division
2002-08-15
320
0340818395
9780340818398
N/A
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