A Life In Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Missing Agents of WWII
Once rumored to have been the inspiration for Ian Fleming’s Miss Moneypenny, Vera Atkins climbed her way to the top in the Special Operations Executive, or SOE: Britain’s secret service created to help build up, organize, and arm the resistance in the Nazi-occupied countries. Throughout the war, Atkins recruited, trained, and mentored the agents for the SOE’s French Sectio...more
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From an award-winning journalist comes this real-life cloak-and-dagger tale of Vera Atkins, one of Britain’s premiere secret agents during World War II.
As the head of the French Section of the British Special Operations Executive, Vera Atkins recruited, trained, and mentored special operatives whose job was to organize and arm the resistance in Nazi-occupied France. After the war, Atkins courageously committed herself to a dangerous search for twelve of her most cherished...more
Great to read about women during WWII - but there are harsh realities inside this cover.
Following the war, she was insistent about tracking down what happened to her agents - and why things went wrong. Some of what's in the book is tragic and miserable (as one might expect, given that many of the lost agents ended up in death camps). What's particularly fascinating,...more