Pearl Witherington

Pearl Witherington

2 A.M. September 22, 1943 Under a pale crescent moon a British Halifax bomber drops through clouds over the countryside in occupied France.  At 900 feet, an exit panel opens and a lone parachutist prepares to jump. She smells the damp farmland below and watches faint...
Andrée de Jongh

Andrée de Jongh

The Comet Line was an underground French and Belgian Resistance network whose purpose was to help Allied airmen who had been shot down escape capture by the Germans. Andrée de Jongh, a 24-year-old Belgian woman, was the first leader of the Comet Line, which was the...
Master of Disguise

Master of Disguise

A military field nurse, a Bible salesman, a black man named Cuff, an Irish soap peddler–these were just a few of the disguises adopted by Emma Edmonds, who fled an abusive father at age 15. Her father had wanted a son and resented her for not being a boy to help...
The “White Rabbit”–a Real-Life James Bond

The “White Rabbit”–a Real-Life James Bond

Forest Frederick Edward “Tommy” Yeo-Thomas was born in London, but moved with his family to France when he was very young. By 1914, at the outbreak of WWI, the family lived in Paris. At the age of 16, and unable to join either the British or French Army...
He Changed The Course Of History

He Changed The Course Of History

The plan was daring: Parachute in the middle of the night onto a snow-covered mountain, then ski cross country in subzero temperatures to blow up a remote power plant. When Germany invaded Norway in 1940, many members of the military fled to Britain. Some , like...
Winston Churchill’s Favorite Spy

Winston Churchill’s Favorite Spy

Maria Krystyna Janina Skarbek, also known as Christine Granville, was a Polish agent of the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the Second World War. She became a British agent even before formation of the SOE, and was its first, and longest-serving,...