Thursday, January 13, 2011

Famous Female Spies

Mata Hari before her execution for spying, 1917.

Odette Sanson - British SOE operative. Worked in French resistence. Arrested and sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp where she managed to survive.

Noor Inayat Khan. Daughter of Sufi mystic and musician Hazrat Inayat Khan. Volunteered for the British SOE and worked as a radio operator in occupied France before her arrest, torture and ultimate execution at Dachau concentration camp.

Edith Cavell. British nurse who helped British prisoners of war escape occupied Belgium. Arrested and executed by the Germans in 1915.

Mata Hari - perhaps one of the most famous female spies. Though in reality she probably did very little if any spying. She was arrested in 1917 by the French authorities. At the time there was much fear about German spies in France. Mata Hari was an icon of promiscuity with lovers in both Germany and France. On flimsy evidence she was found guilty of spying and 'causing the death of 50,000 Frenchmen' and executed by firing squad.

Violette Szabo. another British female agent sent to occupied France during World War. The second women to be awarded the George's Cross.


1 comment:

Sam Wilson said...

Noor-un-Nisa Khan was a remarkable young lady in the British army during the Second World War. She handled a lot of war-related intricacies that required bravery and patience.Thanks for sharing a great article.