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Elizabeth Nicholas

This is a book about seven young women who served with the French Section of S.O.E. during the war, worked secretly in enemy occupied territory , were captured, & in the end brutally murdered by the Germans.
Mrs Nicholas was at school with one of these women & when, long afterwards, she learned of her former friends death she determined to find out the whole story that lay behind it & those of the 6 others who shared her fate. This was not easy, as little help was forthcoming from the British authorities, the author is, indeed critical of their secretiveness towards matters which are common knowledge on the continent & also of the treatment of relatives of those who lost their lives in this service. But for 3 years she persevered in a search that took her far afield & led to many strange contacts, & gradually the truth emerged.
Inevitably there remain gaps, for Mrs Nicholas was resolved never to fill the holes with passages of semi-fiction. She believes that a regard for truth & historical accuracy is the first duty owed by the living to the courageous & untimely dead.
Nothing in this book has, therefore, been invented, there is nothing in it of fact that has not been reported on first-hand evidence to the author. It tells a tale of superb gallantry against a dark background of corruption, treachery & incompetence.
The families of all these woman have welcomed Mrs Nicholas’s researches, have given her all the help in their power & have agreed that her findings should be published. The result is a startling & fascinating book, which is also a fitting memorial to the seven women who form its subject.

294 pages b/w photos , appendices, index
hardback with jacket
Cresset Press, London (1958)
220mm x 145mm

edgewear to jacket
good condition
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