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...
D-Day’s ‘forgotten man’

D-Day’s ‘forgotten man’

‘Monday, June 5, 1944. Thus has been made the vital and crucial decision to stage the great enterprise which [shall?], I hope, be the immediate means of bringing about the downfall of Germany’s fighting power & Nazi oppression & an early cessation of...
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...