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Krystyna Skarbek (1 May 1915 – 15 June 1952) was a Polish Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent who became a legend in her own time for her daring exploits in intelligence and sabotage missions to Nazi-occupied Poland and France; her noms de guerre Christine Granville and Madame Pauline Armand. She was awarded and Order of the British Empire and the Croix de Guerre. Click through for her full story.

Krystyna Skarbek (aka Christine Granville & Madame Pauline Armand) was a Polish Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent who became a legend in her own time for her daring exploits in intelligence and sabotage missions to Nazi-occupied Poland and France.

Vera Atkins (real name Vera-May Rosenberg) was recruited by the spymaster known as Intrepid—Canadian business man William Stephesen—at the age of twenty-three and before the outbreak of World War II found herself fighting along side American, Canadian and British civilians to derail the dangers of the Third Reich. By the mid-1930s she was already an experienced spy, currying and sending information to both President Roosevelt and Churchill. When the Second World War finally broke out in…

demons: “ Vera Atkins (real name Vera-May Rosenberg) was recruited by the spymaster known as Intrepid—Canadian business man William Stephesen—at the age of twenty-three and before the outbreak of.

Krystyna Skarbek (1915 – 1952) was a Polish Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent who became a legend in her own time for her daring exploits in intelligence and sabotage missions to Nazi-occupied Poland and France. She was a British agent just months before the SOE was founded in July 1940 and had been the longest serving of all British women agents during World War II. Because of her influence the SOE began to recruit increasing numbers of women agents into the organization.

Krystyna Skarbek – a Polish Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent, legendary for daring intelligence and sabotage missions to Nazi-occupied Poland and France. Longest serving British women agent during World War II.

Churchill's favorite  spy,  Christine Granville's most devastating weapon was her ability to charm men and always had a knife strapped to her thigh

The spy who loved men: She was Churchill's favourite spy, the inspiration for Bond's lover in Casino Royale, and always had a knife strapped to her thigh

Churchill's favorite spy, Christine Granville's most devastating weapon was her ability to charm men and always had a knife strapped to her thigh. Vesper from Casino Royale is based on her character

Usually known as Noor Inayat Khan (but also as Nora Baker[1] and Madeleine[2]), she was of Indian Sufi origin. As a British Special Operations Executive agent during the Second World War, she became the first female radio operator to be sent into occupied France to aid the French Resistance.

Noor Inayat Khan, AKA "Nora Baker" and "Madeleine" SOE agent during the Second World War, she became the first female radio operator to be sent from Britain into occupied France to aid the French Resistance.

Never-before-seen pictures of Britain's first female special agent show the tender side of Churchill's favourite spy who always had a knife strapped to her thigh Imperial War Museum photos show a new side to Christine Granville The Polish native was the first female special agent She carried out amazing feats of daring and bravado fighting the Nazis in occupied France

Never-before-seen pictures of Britain's first female special agent sho

Never-before-seen pictures of Britain's first female special agent show the tender side of Churchill's favourite spy who always had a knife strapped to her thigh Imperial War Museum photos show a new side to Christine Granville The Polish native was the first female special agent She carried out amazing feats of daring and bravado fighting the Nazis in occupied France

Women Heroes of WWII: Maria von Maltzan: The German Countess Who Hid Jews

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

Krystyna Skarbek, 1940s. This amazingly brave woman was a WW II agent for the Allies. She was very shabbily treated by them after 1945 - abandoned without resources, in effect. She was subsequently murdered by a former colleague in a Kensington hotel. Her murderer was eventually hanged for this. Countess Skarbek still owned a Kensington apartment in the early 1970s. Krystyna knew Ian Fleming and is supposed  to be the original of at least two of his 'Bond Girls' in his novels.

Christine Granville/Krystyna Skarbek SOE agent who worked with resistance groups against the Nazis

Hannie Schaft, born Jannetje Johanna Schaft in 1920, she had to drop out of her university studies because she refused to sign an oath of loyalty to the Nazis. She joined a resistance organization & was known as "the girl with the red hair. Executed April 17, 3 weeks before the end of the war. The first soldier who shot wounded her in the head, & is said to have shouted that she could shoot better than that. Then a shot from a second soldier killed her

8 Female Fighters of World War II

Hannie Schaft, born Jannetje Johanna Schaft in she had to drop out of her…

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