Wolves at the Door: The True Story of America's Greatest Female Spy
ISBN: 159921072X
EAN13: 9781599210728
Language: English
Publication Date: May 13, 2008
Pages: 272
Dimensions: 0.9" H x 8.7" L x 5.5" W
Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Format: Paperback
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Virginia Hall left her comfortable Baltimore roots of privilege in 1931 to follow a dream of becoming a Foreign Service Officer. After watching Hitler roll into Poland, then France, she decided to work for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE), a secret espionage and sabotage organization. She was soon deployed to France where the Gestapo imprisoned, beat, and tortured spies.Against such an ominous backdrop, Hall managed to locate drop zones for money and weapons, helped escaped POWs and downed Allied airmen flee to England, and secured safe houses for agents. Soon, wanted posters appeared throughout France offering a reward for her capture. By winter of 1942 Hall had to flee France via the only route possible: a hike on foot through the frozen Pyrü¾Ž–”¼nü¾Ž–”¼es Mountains into neutral Spain.Upon her return to England, the OS recruited her and sent her back to France disguised as an old peasant woman. While there, she was responsible for killing 150 German soldiers and capturing 500 others, sabotaging communications and transportation links, and directing resistance activities. This is the true story of Virginia Hall, a remarkable woman ignored by history books for over fifty years.

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