NATIONAL BESTSELLER • The dramatic, untold history of the heroic ladies recruited via Britain’s elite undercover agent company to lend a hand pave the best way for Allied victory in Global Conflict II
“Gripping. Spies, romance, Gestapo thugs, blown-up trains, braveness, and treachery (a variety of treachery)—and it all precise.”—Erik Larson, writer of The Satan within the White City and Dead Wake
In 1942, the Allies had been shedding, Germany appeared unstoppable, and each in a position guy in England was once at the entrance strains. To “set Europe ablaze,” within the phrases of Winston Churchill, the Unique Operations Government (SOE), whose spies had been skilled in the whole thing from demolition to sharpshooting, was once pressured to do one thing exceptional: recruit ladies. Thirty-9 responded the decision, leaving their lives and households to turn out to be saboteurs in France.
In D-Day Girls, Sarah Rose attracts on lately decategorised information, diaries, and oral histories to inform the exciting tale of 3 of those outstanding ladies. There’s Andrée Borrel, a scrappy and streetwise Parisian who blew up power strains with the Gestapo sizzling on her heels; Odette Sansom, an unhappily married suburban mom who noticed the SOE as her price ticket out of family lifestyles and right into a significant journey; and Lise de Baissac, a fiercely impartial member of French colonial prime society and the SOE’s unflappable “queen.” In combination, they destroyed educate strains, ambushed Nazis, plotted jail breaks, and accumulated the most important intelligence—laying the basis for the D-Day invasion that proved to be the turning aspect within the Conflict.
Rigorously researched and written with razor-sharp wit, D-Day Women is an inspiring tale for our personal second of resistance: a reminder of what braveness—and the power of politically lively ladies—can accomplish while the stakes appear incalculably prime.
Praise for D-Day Girls
“Carefully researched . . . [a] mystery within the type of a non-fiction ebook.”—Refinery29
“Equivalent portions espionage-romance mystery and historic narrative, D-Day Girls lines the lives and mystery actions of the 39 ladies who responded the decision to infiltrate France. . . . At the same time as chronicling the James Bond-worth missions and amorous affairs of those ladies, Rose vividly captures the damaged panorama of Conflict.”—The Washington Post
“Gripping historical past . . . completely researched and written as easily as a excellent mystery, this can be a enthralling tale of creativity, perseverance, and incredible heroism.”—Publishers Weekly (starred overview)