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Virginia Hall left her comfortable Baltimore roots of privilege in 1931 to follow a dream of becoming a Foreign Service Officer. After watching Hitler roll into Poland, then France, she decided to work for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE), a secret espionage and sabotage organization. She was soon deployed to France where the Gestapo imprisoned, beat, and tortured spies.

Against such an ominous backdrop, Hall managed to locate drop zones for money and weapons, helped escaped POWs and downed Allied airmen flee to England, and secured safe houses for agents. Soon, wanted posters appeared throughout France offering a reward for her capture. By winter of 1942 Hall had to flee France via the only route possible: a hike on foot through the frozen Pyrénées Mountains into neutral Spain.Upon her return to England, the OSS recruited her and sent her back to France disguised as an old peasant woman. While there, she was responsible for killing 150 German soldiers and capturing 500 others, sabotaging communications and transportation links, and directing resistance activities.

This is the true story of Virginia Hall, a remarkable woman ignored by history books for over fifty years.

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Virginia Hall sought a career in Foreign Service in 1930s Europe, but a physical handicap, her gender, and her outspoken political views stymied her diplomatic ambitions. A secret British intelligence group trained her in non-traditional sabotage techniques, and she became the greatest World War II spy heroine.

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The secret story of Virginia Hall, America's greatest World War II spy heroine.

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Virginia Hall left her Baltimore home in 1931 to enter the Foreign Service and went to work for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) when Hitler was building toward the peak of his power in Europe. She was assigned to France, where she helped the Resistance movement, escaped prisoners of war, and American Allied paratroopers. By 1942 she was considered so dangerous to the Gestapo that she had to escape over the Pyrenees mountains—on an artificial leg, no less. When she got to England, she was reassigned to France by the OSS, disguised as an old peasant woman. She helped capture 500 German soldiers and kill more than 150, while she sabotaged Nazi communications and transportation. Hitler’s forces were hot on her trail, however, and her daring intelligence activities and indomitable spirit defied the expectations of even the Allies until the very end of the war.

Her story was ignored for more than fifty years, and this book now brings Virginia Hall’s story to patriots young and old.

About the Author

Judith L. Pearson is the author of Belly of the Beast: A POW's Inspiring True Story of Faith, Courage, and Survival aboard the Infamous WWII Japanese Hell Ship Oryoku Maru. She lives with her husband and sons in Tempe, Arizona.

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lowanwin, January 6, 2013 (view all comments by lowanwin)
This is very readable history. With WWII as the backdrop, Pearson gives us biography, women's issues and an exciting story line in this fast-paced story about a previously overlooked American spy.
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clarkisaacs, June 19, 2008 (view all comments by clarkisaacs)
Enthralling and historically accurate is this true story of America’s greatest female spy.
Virginia Hall lived on a 110 acre farm in rural Maryland, but her modern and wealthy parents augmented her education by traveling often to Europe exposing her to foreign cultures. She was not a prissy youngster and was quite the ‘tomboy’ who enjoyed hunting with her father and brother.
In 1924 she realized that the only way a woman could make her way in the world was by having a superior education. A natural leader, she was Class President, Editor in Chief of her yearbook, and became known by her peers as the one from whom you could expect the unexpected.
Educated at Radcliff and Barnard colleges, she continued her studies in France and learned French and German with an English accent! Because of this she had to travel with native French who would do the public conversing.

Miss Hall began her career in 1931 by working in American Consulates in Turkey, Poland and France. When Hitler began to conquer these countries she experienced first hand the injustice and cruelty of the Nazi Regime. Virginia’s experiences gave her the fortitude and desire to become a first class spy against Hitler and the Gestapo.
For ten years she had applied to join America’s Foreign Service. She was continually rebuffed with excuses that women were not right for the job and furthermore, her amputee status would also hinder her performance. You see, she had lost her leg in a hunting accident in 1933.
The British government recognized her value of first hand knowledge of Europe under Hitler and the fact that she spoke French & German fluently. She took a position with the British Special Operations Executive (SOE), a secret espionage and sabotage organization. Trained by the SOE, Virginia was sent back to France to spy behind enemy lines. Recruiting and organizing the French Resistance were among several of her assignments. She set up safe houses for people escaping from the Nazis and arranged parachute drop zones for supplies.
She was responsible for killing 150 German soldiers, capturing 500 others and sabotaging Nazi communications and bridges. Virginia became such a threat to the Nazis that Hitler had wanted posters with a reward offered posted all over France. Her life now threatened, caused her leave France and return to England.
Upon her return, America realized she was invaluable in the war effort. She would need to return to France. With the aid of some carefully crafted disguises she now appeared once again in France as an old woman!
Great book, a must read and now that it is in paperback, a great addition for your library!
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ISBN:
9781599210728
Author:
Pearson, Judith L
Publisher:
Lyons Press
Author:
Pearson, Judith L.
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Military - Intelligence/Espionage
Subject:
Intelligence officers -- United States.
Subject:
Spies -- United States.
Subject:
Biography-Women
Subject:
General History
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20080531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-page bandw photo insert
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Virginia Hall sought a career in Foreign Service in 1930s Europe, but a physical handicap, her gender, and her outspoken political views stymied her diplomatic ambitions. A secret British intelligence group trained her in non-traditional sabotage techniques, and she became the greatest World War II spy heroine.
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The secret story of Virginia Hall, America's greatest World War II spy heroine.

"Synopsis" by ,
Virginia Hall left her Baltimore home in 1931 to enter the Foreign Service and went to work for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) when Hitler was building toward the peak of his power in Europe. She was assigned to France, where she helped the Resistance movement, escaped prisoners of war, and American Allied paratroopers. By 1942 she was considered so dangerous to the Gestapo that she had to escape over the Pyrenees mountains—on an artificial leg, no less. When she got to England, she was reassigned to France by the OSS, disguised as an old peasant woman. She helped capture 500 German soldiers and kill more than 150, while she sabotaged Nazi communications and transportation. Hitler’s forces were hot on her trail, however, and her daring intelligence activities and indomitable spirit defied the expectations of even the Allies until the very end of the war.

Her story was ignored for more than fifty years, and this book now brings Virginia Hall’s story to patriots young and old.

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