Michael Trotobas

Michael Trotobas

September 7, 1941. SOE agent Michael Trotobas and 5 other agents parachuted into central France. Trotobas was a perfect candidate for the SOE. He was an excellent athlete, a small arms instructor, had led a platoon at Dunkirk, and he spoke French. For the next 6 weeks...
Juan Pujol

Juan Pujol

The nazis considered him their most valuable spy in England, and awarded him the Iron Cross in 1944; the British awarded him the  Most Excellent Order of the British Empire later that same year. How did an ex-chicken farmer and part-time hotel manager living in Madrid...
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...