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SOE – Women at war

The story of an SOE agent
25th November - 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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In 1940, as German forces raged across Europe, Winston Churchill created the Special Operations Executive (SOE). Its remit was to deploy agents behind enemy lines to fight a secret war against the Germans and cause disruption to their communications structure.

This talk focuses on the service of one young woman who volunteered to serve in the SOE ‘F’ Section (France) before and after ‘D-Day’. She was trained in sabotage, survival, and combat skills, and became a skilled wireless operator. She was eventually captured by the Gestapo, subjected to torture, and then sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp to suffer the terrible conditions through the harsh winter of 1945.

Forty female Special Operations Executive agents from ‘F’ Section were sent to France, 23 were withdrawn, 2 died of natural causes, 15 were captured, of which only 2 survived.

Find out more about these brave women and the fate of our heroine by registering for this free online lecture.

Speaker: Cyril Dixon, family history researcher, Harrington Aviation Museum

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