By Sarah Helm
In the course of international struggle the detailed Operation Executive's French part despatched greater than four hundred brokers into Occupied France -- at the very least a hundred by no means again and have been mentioned 'Missing Believed Dead' after the struggle. Twelve of those have been ladies who died in German focus camps -- a few have been tortured, a few have been shot, and a few died within the fuel chambers. Vera Atkins had helped arrange those ladies for his or her missions, and while the warfare was once over she went out to Germany to determine what occurred to them and the opposite brokers misplaced at the back of enemy lines.
But whereas the girl who performed this impressive venture seemed quintessentially English, she was once not anything of the type. Vera Atkins, who by no means married, coated her existence in secret in order that even her closest relatives knew virtually not anything of her earlier. In A lifestyles IN secrets and techniques Sarah Helm has stripped away Vera's many veils and -- with unparalleled entry to legit and personal papers, and the cooperation of Vera's kin -- vividly reconstructed a rare existence.
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