Sunday, 31 August 2014
Special Operations Executive memorial, London
The woman featured on the memorial was Violette Szabo who grew up in London, the daughter of an English father and French mother. When her husband was killed fighting in North Africa she volunteered for under cover work in France. On her second mission she was captured by the Germans, tortured and killed. Violette was only one of many women and me who were involved in S.O.E resistance operations in Europe.
The secret unit operated from London between 1940 and 1946. There is a plaque in Baker Street designating one of the buildings from which the operatives worked.
Special Operations Executive - IWM
Churchill's heroines - book review in Sunday Express 25 March 3013
Secret agents' memorial unveiled - BBC News 4 October 2009
Special Operations Executive 1940-1946 - BBC History
Special Operations Executive - Wikipedia