By 1942 she was considered so dangerous to the Gestapo that she had to escape over the Pyrenees mountains—on an artificial leg, no less. It is a book about a woman of privilege and means, living with an enormous handicap, who exchanges her life of comfort for one of risk, joining in the fight to preserve mankind. It was while in Turkey, in December 1933, that she lost her lower leg in a hunting accident. The latter has been optioned for a movie. She and her husband split their time between her idyllic little home town on the shores of Lake Michigan and downtown Chicago. He appeared less steady than she was and occasionally took her arm to regain his footing. In November 1943, disguised as an elderly milk maid, she returned to France and resumed her espioniage duties.
While there, she was responsible for killing 150 German soldiers and capturing 500 others, sabotaging communications and transportation links, and directing resistance activities. But after nearly a year there, she found the duties unbearably boring and requested something more operational. Her story was ignored for more than fifty years, and this book now brings Virginia Hall's story to patriots young and old. She was assigned to France, where she helped the Resistance movement, escaped prisoners of war, and American Allied paratroopers. The Nazis were unlike any foe previously encountered by Great Britain or the United States.
Three men and a woman, all dead, hung from iron fence posts, spiked through the neck. Soon, wanted posters appeared throughout France, offering a reward for her capture. She worked alongside her husband as part of the Special Activities Division. Each carrying a battered suitcase, they struggled against the cold wind for a little more than five miles before finally arriving at their destination: the port city of Brest. The couple's elaborate disguises had been created out of a necessity to camouflage Hall's more recognizable features.
The Nazi intelligence organization was also adept, and a profile soon developed of a treacherous individual suspected of espionage. I highly recommend this story of derring-do and white knuckles suspense. Her story was ignored for more than fifty years, and this book now brings Virginia Hall s story to patriots young and old. Hitler's forces were hot on her trail, however, and her daring intelligence activities and indomitable spirit defied the expectations of even the Allies until the very end of the war. The old woman bent her gray head against the frigid wind blowing in from the English Channel as she struggled along the rocky Brittany seaboard.
From the Back Cover: Virginia Hall left her comfortable Baltimore roots of privilege in 1931 to follow a dream of becoming a Foreign Service Officer. Upon her return to England, the American espionage organization, the Office of Special Services, recruited her and sent her back to France disguised as an old peasant woman. Despite her handicap, she had hoped to continue her State Department career as a Foreign Service Officer, but left in disgust in 1939, when her career was roadblocked. After recovering at home, she was fitted with a wooden prosthesis that had rubber under the foot. But the Gestapo had become wise to her ways, and inexorably tightened the noose around her day by day. Third Party: Have someone you trust travel to a less restrictive environment and deliver the information via one of the above methods. Still, Hall's heart fluttered slightly at each encounter; a combination of trepidation, knowing the fate awaiting her should she be caught, and exhilaration, knowing the damage her work would wreak on the Nazi war machine.
F Section supported the resistance in matters of training, logistics, and sabotage. There the elderly couple made their way to the railroad station and purchased two second-class tickets for Paris. Lazare train station, passing numerous Nazi soldiers who paid them little, if any, attention. When the time came to depart, they sat in adjoining seats, her bulky woolen skirts taking up a great deal of room on both sides. A graduate of Michigan State University, Pearson has written nearly two decades worth of newspaper and magazine articles, and has published three books. Her only means of escape was to walk across the Pyrenees through winter snow to Spain, where she was jailed for a few weeks before being allowed to continue to London. Maurice Buckmaster, had no prior experience.
Our response will occur via a secure method. Embassy or Consulate and inform a U. The old woman had done her part for the war effort - she had transported wounded French soldiers as an ambulance driver. Hitler's forces were hot on her trail, however, and her daring intelligence activities and indomitable spirit defied the expectations of even the Allies until the very end of the war. Their train journey northward to the city of Amiens took a little over two hours.
She then returned to her clerk duties, this time in Venice, Italy, where her foreign service dreams ended: She was told that Department regulations prohibited hiring anyone without the necessary number of appendages. It was the Final Solution: the extermination of all Jews. The Nazi soldiers who stood guard over the grisly scene held the villagers at bay with their rifles, insisting that the bodies remain as a reminder to all who dared resist the Führer. This was no easy task for Virgina Hall had lost her leg in a hunting accident earlier and wore a wooden leg at the time. She was assigned to France, where she helped the Resistance movement, escaped prisoners of war, and American Allied paratroopers.
Parts of her intriguing career have emerged gradually in articles and memoirs as official records became available. After walking the three miles to a nearby village, Hall located a farmhouse belonging to Eugene Lopinat. A 2012 International Book Award finalist, the book is the first in a series of three, all involving lessons designed to help readers infuse their journey through life with courage and humor. A handling time of 2-4 business days applies for all orders. Despite their appearances, the feeble, elderly couple's true identities couldn't have been further removed from their current personae. She helped capture 500 German soldiers and kill more than 150, while she sabotaged Nazi communications and transportation.