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Yvonne Cormeau(1909-1997) MBE, Croix de Guerre, Legion d'honneur, Medaille de la, Resistance. Born to a Belgium consular official and Scottish mother in shanghai.She was living in London in 1937 when she married accountant Charles Cormeau, who enlisted into the Rifle Brigade after the outbreak of war.In late 1940 their home was bombed and her husband killed. Newly widowed she joined the WAAF, she answered an appeal for linguists and joined 'F' section of SOE in February 1943. She…

Head and shoulders portrait of Mrs Yvonne Cormeau who served as as SOE Wireless Operator in France.

Andrée Borrel, Croix de Guerre, Médaille de la Résistance, KCBC. (1919-1944.) Born Louveciennes, France. French Resistance worker, went to England, joined SOE in 1942. Parachuted into France 24th September 1942. Courier, Physician/Prosper Circuit, codename Denise. Arrested 23rd June 1943, interrogated, sent to Fresnes and later to Karlsruhe. On 6th July 1944 she was taken to Natzweiler-Struthof concentration camp and executed. She was 24.

Andrée Borrel joined the French Resistance helping British airmen…

On April 19, 1943, Youra Georges Livchitz, a young Jewish doctor, and two comrades in his Belgian resistance group, Jean Franklemon and Robert Maistriau, set out for an operation of their very own: to halt a deportation train and attempt to release the Jews trapped within it. It was the twentieth transport from the Mechelen transit camp to Auschwitz-Birkenau, with 1,631 Jews aboard. Youra stopped the train and threatened the engineer with his handgun. Maistriau opened the doors of one of the…

Youra Livchitz, one of three med students who rescued 115 people from a train bound for Auschwitz. Thank you, God, for these saviors.

Henk Drogt (Hollandais, 1921-1944) - Policeman during WWII, he refused to round up Jews in Groningen and joined the dutch resistance, helping many Jews and allied pilots. He was arrested in August 1943 by the Nazis, and executed later (14th of April 1944)

Henk Drogt (Hollandais, - Policeman during WWII, he refused to round up Jews in Groningen and joined the dutch resistance, helping many Jews and allied pilots. He was arrested in August 1943 by the Nazis, and executed later of April

Pearl Witherington CBE, MBE, Legion d'Honneur, Croix de Guerre, Médaille de la Résistance. (1916-2008.) Born in Paris. Joined SOE 8th June 1943. Parachuted into France 22nd September 1943. Courier, Stationer Circuit, codename Marie; then organiser, Wrestler Circuit, codename Pauline. She launched guerilla assaults that wreaked havoc on German columns travelling through her area of operations, and later presided over the surrender of 18,000 German troops. She married Henri Cornioley in 1944.

Pearl Witherington: British spy who fought the Nazis

Gustave Bieler (1904-1944) was one of 25 Canadians who were recruited into the Special Operations Executive. Known by his wartime nickname "Guy," following his specialized training, Colonel Maurice Buckmaster, the SOE commander, wrote in his file that Biéler was the best student SOE had. On Nov 18, 1942, Biéler, along with wireless operator Arthur Staggs and Michael Trotobas were parachuted into France. Biéler severely injured his back after landing on rocks and spent several months…

A fallen hero, a daughter left behind

Gustave Bieler (1904-1944) was one of 25 Canadians who were recruited into the Special Operations Executive. Known by his wartime nickname "Guy," following his specialized training, Colonel Maurice Buckmaster, the SOE commander, wrote in his file that Biéler was the best student SOE had. On Nov 18, 1942, Biéler, along with wireless operator Arthur Staggs and Michael Trotobas were parachuted into France. Biéler severely injured his back after landing on rocks and spent several months…

The heinous betrayal of heroic Second World War spy Diana Rowden,  who was executed in a German concentration camp, has been revealed in a new book

Revealed: Betrayal of British woman spy captured by Nazis

The heinous betrayal of heroic Second World War spy Diana Rowden, who was executed in a German concentration camp, has been revealed in a new book

First Female SOE Agents in Occupied France In 1940 British intelligence forces created the Special Operations Executive. Andree Borrel who was French, Codename Denise, parachuted into France September 24, 1942 with Baissac. Borrel went to Paris to work with the Prosper Network. She trained people with weapons and sabotage techniques. Arrested with other field agents, she was sent to a concentration camp. Borrel and four other agents were given lethal injections and bodies were burned in…

By Kathy Warnes On a September night in two female SOE agents parachuted into occupied France near the Loire River. Andree Borrel’s mission led her to Paris and finally to prison.

Image of SOE agent Odette Sansom-All these SOE agents were sent to France. A quarter of them did not return

Odette Sansom - Special Operations Executive (SOE) Agents in France

Traute Lafrenz (May 3, 1919-) was a member of the white rose group.  In November 1942 she brought the third White Rose leaflet to Hamburg.  She was first interrogated by the Gestapo on March 5, 1942, then arrested a few days later on March 15.  She was sentenced to one year in prison in April.  After her release the Gestapo arrested her again at the end of March 1944.  She was transferred to numerous prisons until she was liberated by American troops on April 15, 1945.

Traute Lafrenz (May 3, 1919-) was a member of the white rose group. In November 1942 she brought the third White Rose leaflet to Hamburg. She was first interrogated by the Gestapo on March 5, 1942, then arrested a few days later on March 15. She was sentenced to one year in prison in April. After her release the Gestapo arrested her again at the end of March 1944. She was transferred to numerous prisons until she was liberated by American troops on April 15, 1945.

Andrée Peel - Member of the French Resistance, highly decorated woman who risked her life and freedom.  She was involved with the dissemination of information to the Allies and for also helping to save more than a 100 Allied pilots. Peel was eventually captured, tortured and finally imprisoned in concentration camps, she miraculously survived and was award many decorations from France, the United Kingdom and the US. She lived until she was 105.

Andr?e Peel

Andrée Marthe Virot was running a beauty salon before she joined the Resistance. Under the code name Agent Rose, she helped Allied pilots infiltrate and escape from Nazi-occupied territory.

SOE agent Claude de Baissac(1907-1974) DSO and bar, Croix de Guerre.Codename ' David'. He organised the French resistance network 'SCIENTIST'  in S.W france between August 1942-March 1943.

SOE agent Claude de DSO and bar, Croix de Guerre. He organised the French resistance network 'SCIENTIST' in S.

The History Girls: Maria von Maltzan - a German resistance heroine, by Leslie Wilson

The History Girls: Maria von Maltzan - a German resistance heroine, by Leslie Wilson. "Women Heroes of World War II" by Kathryn Attwood

First black 4 star general USMC

Frank E. (USMC) (born March 1932 in Topeka, Kansas) is a retired United States Marine Corps Lieutenant General. He was the first African-American Marine Corps aviator and the first Black American Marine Corps general.

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