Sonya Butt: The Young Spy

Sonya Butt: The Young Spy

May 28, 1944. 20-year-old Sonya Butt parachutes into occupied France. “I began my mission in wartime France as a British secret agent. My job was to recruit, arm and train a secret French force to carry out sabotage and harassment,” she recounted after the...
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,...
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...
The White Mouse

The White Mouse

Winston Churchill called the British Special Operations Executive his “Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.” None of those who served in the SOE were more ungentlemanly than Nancy Wake. Before she became a legendary figure in the Special Operations Executive...
Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare

The Special Operations Executive (SOE), also known as Churchill’s Secret Army or “The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare”, was a British organization that operated during World War II to support local resistance movements and fight against the Axis...
The Princess Spy

The Princess Spy

16 June, 1943 Under a full moon, Noor Inayat Khan lands in occupied France to become the first female wireless operator to transmit vital information about German military operations to London. Noor Inayat Khan was not what one would expect of a British spy. She was a...