Special Operations Executive - A Celebration

Carve her name with Pride – Remembrance and celebration of the Special Operations Executive

As part of its month of remembrance, the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the film Carve her Name with Pride throughout the weekend 22-23 November.

The film tells the story of Violette Szabo, a 22-year-old war widow and mother from Brixton (played by Virginia McKenna). She joined the Special Operations Executive (SOE) in 1943 and first went into the field on 6 April 1944, returning for a second mission on 7 June 1944. This mission only lasted three days as Violette was captured, interrogated by the Gestapo and subsequently executed at Ravensbruck concentration camp.

Screening of the film Carve her name with Pride

Saturday 22 November

War gallery cinema
11am and 2pm
Seats are available on the day on a first come first served basis.

Sunday 23 November

With a guest appearance from Tania Szabo, daughter of Violette Szabo (heroine of the film), who, at just four years old received her mother’s posthumous George Cross. Tania Szabo will be signing copies of her new book about her mother; Young Brave and Beautiful (time tbc).
War gallery cinema
Seats are available on the day on a first come first served basis.

Remembrance and celebration of Carve her name with Pride and the Special Operations Executive

Sunday 23 November
War gallery cinema

The event is dedicated to celebrating and remembering the lives of those who served with the SOE during the Second World War, and will include a film screening, talks by curators and historians, and a live performance based on actual accounts and interviews with members of SOE F Section. Refreshments included.

Telephone booking line: 0113 220 1985


Introduction and talk: Films and the SOE – Mark Seaman, SOE Historian and author of The Bravest of the Brave.

Thoughts on Carve her name with Pride and Violette Szabo – Tania Szabo.

Preview of SOE oral history interviews – presented by Martyn Cox, Writer, producer, director and WWII oral historian.

SOE interpretation – based on actual accounts and interviews Kate Vigurs, SOE Historian and PhD researcher performs an acted piece about the women of SOE F section.

Introduction to SOE and covert weapons – Mark Murray Flutter, Senior Curator, Royal Armouries.

Break for tea and coffee

  • Showing of Now it can be told.

The film ‘stars’ two former SOE agents, Captain Harry Rée DSO, OBE, Croix de Guerre, Medaille de Resistance and Jacqueline Nearne OBE. As agents Felix and Cat they recreate for the camera some of their adventures in France. Produced by the RAF film unit. Filming began in 1944, although the film was not released into cinemas until 1946.