D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II
In 1942, the Allies were losing, Germany seemed unstoppable, and every able man in England was fighting. Churchill believed Britain was locked in an existential battle and created a secret agency, the ...more
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This book has mixed reader reviews so far. My review is mixed as well, but certainly more positive than negative. In general I really liked it, mainly because I learned ...more
1942 was not a good year for the Allies during World War II. They were losing. There isnt much that could be done at home in Britain because all the men are out fighting. Winston Churchill creates the Special Operations Executive (SOE), training spies in skills necessary to help win the war.
The SOE didnt have many men to choose from, again given that most were already battling in the war. ...more
The women's fiction market has been filled since January with the stories of female protagonists who participated in special operations during WWII. In fact many of my ARCs have been on this specific topic.
So this April non fiction release provides readers with the background history they need to answer those burning questions. A lot of research has been put into the novel and author, Sarah Rose ...more
So many risked all to ensure victory 75 years ago in Normandy. D-DAY GIRLS tells the utterly compelling tale of female agents members of Churchills Secret Operations Executive who blew up weapon supplies and power lines, derailed trains, and sabotaged the Nazis with cunning, bravery and chutzpah to advance the Allied cause.
Meticulously researched and lovingly written with an eye to giving these courageous women their due. And what a cover!
Pub Date 23 Apr 2019.
Thanks to the ...more
Even though I have read quite a few non-fiction books featuring women during the war, almost all of the ones I ...more
A must for history lovers, and a terrific read for fans of historical fiction.
This book was so well written that it seemed like a novel instead of a history of the SOE, the branch in charge of this group of agents.
Rose focused specifically on a unlikely group of women that became secret agents for Britain during the Second World War.
Rose gives us a taste of what the agents lives were like before they joined the SOE. And during the narrative of this book she was direct and to the point making the story more ...more
In his The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939-1945, the always-opinionated historian Max Hastings argues that field intelligence agents in WW2 contributed only marginally to the Allied victory. Regarding the Special Operations Executive, Churchills creation, he remarks: Most accounts of wartime SOE agents, particularly women and especially in France, contain large doses of romantic twaddle.
Hastingss comment struck a nerve with Sarah ...more
There was a lot of interesting information in this book, but it was so poorly organized that it was hard to keep track of all the different people and their stories. Still worth a read or a listen as a starting point on the subject.
They don't fight the war.
But, if your country were invaded and you were a girl or a woman, would you just roll over and play the victim? Or would you be part of the resistance?
"D-Day Girls" tells the true story of just one of the efforts utilizing brave, ...more
I cannot honestly recommend this book to anyone.
I received a free Kindle copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher with the understanding that I would post a review on Net Galley, Goodreads, Amazon and my fiction book review ...more
This is a dramatic true account of extraordinary women recruited by Britain who helped win the day on June 6, 1944 and pave the way for Allied victory.
Drawn from declassified files, diaries and oral histories, as per her notes, Ms. Rose did intensive research and has written a story of five remarkable women. These courageous women are Andrée Borrel, Odette Sansom, Lise de Baissan, Yvonne Rudellat and Mary ...more
D-Day Girls by Sarah Rose is a fantastic work of nonfiction about the British female spies who sabotaged the Nazis during WWII including Odette Sansom, Lise de Baissac, and Andrée Borrel. These women risked their lives to assure an Allied victory in Europe. They did everything from derail trains, blow up weapons caches, destroy power and phone lines, as well as gather crucial intelligence for the British. Their stories are absolutely ...more
I stopped reading this book about 100 pages in. I wanted to like it--I really did! However, the author chose to rehash certain points ad nauseam. I understand that male military attitudes toward women tend to be chauvinistic but Grove brought up the same points of it so often that it interrupted the interesting parts about what the women were achieving.
This is not a life-changing book. There is nothing in here that is ground-shattering or will significantly add to the mountains of things we know about World War II. In fact, most of the facts presented by this book have done better elsewhere. Instead, we get to listen to the opinions of Sarah ...more
It is easy to forget that past history not only touched men but women as well. Women were ...more
First off I was drawn to this book because of the beautiful artwork on the cover which immediately suggested to me the era in which the book was set. The title set up certain expectations for me and I am not sure they were fully met within the pages of the book. To be fair, I was reading an uncorrected proof and it is possible that the finished book will ...more
Supported my knowledge of the SOE, British organization that trained female spies/agents to be sent/ parachuted into France to set Europe ablaze in the years before D-Day.
Chronicles the perils faced in the 2 Frances. The Nazi response to finding them including long imprisonments and torture to reveal arms drops and locations of the invasion . Lots of treachery .
Sarah Rose is a journalist and author of D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis and Helped Win World War II, and the critically acclaimed For All the Tea in China: How England Stole the Worlds Favorite Drink and Changed History.
She was a news columnist at the Wall Street Journal, and her features have appeared in Outside, ...more