The Women Who Lived for Danger: Behind Enemy Lines During WWII

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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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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)

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Thirty-seven young women volunteered for extremely dangerous undercover work in occupied France during the Second World War. This is their story.

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