A Cool and Lonely Courage

A Cool and Lonely Courage

The Untold Story of Sister Spies in Occupied France

Book - 2014 | First United States edition.
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Eileen Nearne and her sister Jacqueline were agents for the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War, working undercover in Nazi-occupied France to send crucial intelligence to the Allies. But the war dealt these sisters a cruel hand. While Jacqueline narrowly evaded capture, Eileen was arrested and tortured by the Gestapo before being incarcerated in Ravensbruck concentration camp. She was only 23. Now, for the first time, the truth about these fiercely patriotic women is told in full, their unwavering courage at great personal cost paid tribute to at last.
Publisher: New York : Little Brown and Company, 2014.
Edition: First United States edition.
Copyright Date: ©2013.
ISBN: 9780316326988
Branch Call Number: 940.5486 OTTAWAY
Characteristics: viii, 324 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm


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Eileen and Jacqueline Nearne were British sisters who were raised in France, and who, during World War II, repeatedly risked their lives to aid the French Resistance. A riveting look at two heroes of the SOE.

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Mar 21, 2017

The French Resistance was crucial to defeating Hitler in World War II. Many of the members were female. The danger was very real. The Nazis had no qualms about torturing and murdering women suspecting of subversive activities. This is the story of two sisters who sacrificed any chance of having a normal life to save France and their homeland, England. Their survival was due to their determination and adaptability in crucially risky situations. The book is well paced and thoughtfully constructed, with extensive research to provide a clear picture of the successes and failures of the English SOE organization.


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