Howard Blum, 5 Female WWII Spies

 

These female spies are a few of the hundreds of dedicated women who gathered intelligence and fought for the allied troops during World War II, helping to bring an end to the Nazi rule of Europe.

 

  • Krystyna Skarbek was a Polish spy who smuggled airmen across the line to neutral Yugoslavia. Her bravery and fearlessness inspired the character Eva Green in the James Bond movie Casino Royale.
  • Virginia Hall had only one leg, yet she was one of the most valuable spies of WWII. She parachuted out of a plane with her prosthesis in her backpack, disguised herself as a farm hand, and trained resistance fighters in the French farmland.
  • Lise de Baissac was a master of camouflage. She used the clever ploy of posing as a poor widow to transport arms, and later as an amateur archeologist in order to retrieve valuable geographic information about the area for the allied armies during WWII.
  • Nancy Wake was a woman on a mission. After her husband was shot by Gestapo forces, she retaliated with a vengeance and led an armed raid against German gun factories and Gestapo forces.
  • And of course, the subject of my upcoming book The Last GoodnightBetty Pack. Betty spied for America and was called, “the greatest unsung heroine of the war” by a famous general. Betty used romance and seduction as her weapons of choice, and charmed secrets out of many important leaders. Her story is full of romance, adventure, and yes, a bit of tragedy.

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