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Mission France

The Special Operations Executive, French section (SOE F)
24th March - 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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Mission France

Speaker: Kate Vigurs – Researcher and historical interpreter

This is the true story of 39 women, chosen to work in the secretive, clandestine and mainly male domain of the Special Operations Executive, French section (SOE F).

Ranging from housewives to grandmothers, shop assistants to countesses, they were taught silent killing, instinctive shooting and sabotage as well as survival tactics for life in Nazi Occupied France.

Kate will describe their recruitment, training and operations including how they were infiltrated behind enemy lines to work as couriers and wireless operators, operating undercover and beyond the protection of the Geneva Convention.

Life expectancy was short, sometimes a mere six weeks but these women worked and fought hard – often living in solitude with no friends or company; travelling hundreds of kilometres carrying vital yet incriminating information; receiving arms or supplies and risking everything to make contact with SOE HQ over the radio waves.

This talk will take place at Fort Nelson. The Visitor Centre will be open from 6.30pm. Light refreshments will be served afterwards and are included in your ticket price.

Tickets: £5

Fort 150 | 1871 – 2021
Fort Nelson was built during Queen Victoria’s reign to protect England from invasion. The first garrison of soldiers was stationed at the Fort from September 1871. We will be marking this 150th anniversary with a series of themed FORT 150 events. Please keep an eye on our website and social media channels for more information about upcoming events.