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The Special Operations Executive (SOE) was formed in 1940 to coordinate resistance work overseas. The organisation’s F section sent more than 400 agents into France, 39 of whom were women.
While some are well known – Violette Szabo, Odette Sansom, Noor Inayat Khan – others have had their stories largely overlooked.
Join Kate Vigurs as she speaks to Helen Fry about the dangerous work undertaken by these women. She will trace their journeys from early recruitment to their service in the field and their evasion from or capture by the Gestapo.
Through their stories, we can get a real sense of how varied the missions undertaken by these women were and how, despite their differing aptitudes, they all shared a common purpose.
Dr Kate Vigurs is a professional freelance historian, academic advisor and researcher. Her postdoctoral research was used for the BBC’s World War One at Home series. Kate makes regular appearances on television and radio.
Historian and biographer Dr Helen Fry is the author of MI9 (2020), The London Cage (2017), The Walls Have Ears (2019) and more than 20 books focusing on intelligence, prisoners of war, and the social history of the Second World War.