DYHF3T London, England, UK. Bust Of Violette Szabo On The Special Operations Executive Memorial (2009: Karen Newman)

Talk on ‘The Female Agents of WW11’

Jonathan supported the Memory Cafe Charity (Alzheimers) by giving a talk on the female heroines of the Special Operations Executive [SOE] during WW11. He told the 90-strong audience about how these brave girls were recruited, firstly into the FANY Corps and subsequently into Churchill’s newly formed SOE. The object was to assist resistance groups throughout Nazi-occupied Europe. They risked everything to carry out coding, transmitting and sabotage operations. He looked at a number of individual female agents – some well-known and others less so – and examined their former lives and their military operations. As the war ended, there remained one last job for SOE and for Vera Atkins, the women who¬† was responsible for sending the girls on their missions. She travelled accross a ravaged Europe trying to piece together the last days of her missing agents who had never returned. Interviewing ex-SS officers and concentration camp survivors, she was left in no doubt as to their fate.