Women Wartime Spies

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From Mata Hari through to Noor Inyat Khan, women spies have rarely received the recognition they deserve. They have often been trivialized and, in cinema and popular fiction, stereotyped as vamps or dupes. The reality is very different. As spies, women have played a critical role during wartime, receiving and passing on vital information, frequently at considerable risk. Often able to blend into their background more easily than their male counterparts, women have worked as couriers, transmitters and with ...

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Overview

From Mata Hari through to Noor Inyat Khan, women spies have rarely received the recognition they deserve. They have often been trivialized and, in cinema and popular fiction, stereotyped as vamps or dupes. The reality is very different. As spies, women have played a critical role during wartime, receiving and passing on vital information, frequently at considerable risk. Often able to blend into their background more easily than their male counterparts, women have worked as couriers, transmitters and with resistance fighters, their achievements often unknown. Many have died. Ann Kramer describes the role of women spies during wartime, with particular reference to the two world wars. She looks at why some women chose to become spies, their motives and backgrounds. She looks at the experience of women spies during wartime, what training they received, and what skills they needed. She examines the reality of life for a woman spy, operating behind enemy lines, and explores and explodes the myths about women spies that continue until the present day. The focus is mainly on Britain but will also take an international view as appropriate.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844680580
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Limited
  • Publication date: 1/19/2012
  • Series: Women's History Series
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,383,791
  • Product dimensions: 6.20 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7

Timeline 9

Introduction 13

Chapter 1 Women and War 18

Chapter 2 Spy Paranoia and The First World War 26

Chapter 3 Spying Under Occupation 43

Chapter 4 Backroom Women 58

Chapter 5 Special Operations Executive 79

Chapter 6 Behind Enemy Lines 102

Chapter 7 Missing 121

Chapter 8 Setting the Record Straight 141

Appendix 147

References 154

Bibliography 155

Index 157

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