By William Stevenson

Here is the intense account of the lady whose intelligence, attractiveness and unflagging commitment proved the main in turning the tide of WWII.

She was once attractive. She used to be ruthless. She had a metal seize for a brain and a will of iron. Born Vera Maria Rosenberg in Bucharest, she turned Vera Atkins, mythical secret agent and holder of the Legion of Honor. Recruited by means of William Stevenson—the spymaster who could later turn out to be referred to as “Intrepid”—when she used to be in basic terms twenty-three, Vera spent a lot of the Nineteen Thirties working numerous perilous espionage missions. while conflict was once declared in 1939, her fierce intelligence, blunt demeanour, own braveness, and information of numerous languages speedy propelled her to the management echelon of the hugely secretive unique Operations govt (SOE), a covert intelligence service provider shaped by way of, and reporting to, Winston Churchill. She recruited and educated numerous hundred brokers, together with dozens of girls, whose targets have been to penetrate deep in the back of enemy lines.

The stirring exploits and the exemplary braveness of the SOE brokers and the French Resistance fighters—who within the phrases of normal Dwight D. Eisenhower jointly “shortened the battle via many months”—are justly celebrated. however the important position of Vera Atkins has earlier been cloaked in silence. William Stevenson used to be the one individual she depended on to list her lifestyles; he saved his promise that he wouldn't submit her tale till after her dying. here's the intense account of the girl whose intelligence, attractiveness, and unflagging commitment proved key in turning the tide of worldwide warfare II.
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MAGNET Force started with little notice. An advance party under Col. Edward H. Heavey left New York secretly on 6 January 1942; with it was Lt. Col. Donald B. Adams, the V Corps engineer. The party sailed from Halifax on a Norwegian ship and reached Scotland on the nineteenth. Colonel Adams and the other officers went to London for a week of briefing, and the rest of the party moved on to Belfast. A brigadier of the Royal Engineers guided Adams almost from the day he reached Northern Ireland, acquainting him with Brit24 Ltr, Adams to Chancy, 15 May 42, Engr files, NIBS.

1 OCE Rpts to CG, EUCOM Engr files; OCE ETOUSA Hist Rpt 1, Organization, Administration, and Personnel, app. 25; Memo, Harwood for Barnes, 15 Sep 42, 316 Office Methods, EUCOM Engr files. 57 Memo, Barnes for Moore, 10 Jul 42; Incl, Appreciation of ROUNDUP w/Memo; Memo, Lord for Moore, 2 Nov 42, SOS and OCE Organization, OCE ETOUSA Hist Records. planning, wanted to continue stockpiling standardized supplies to be used by British and American forces. In one case they tried to obtain a particular item of petroleum, oil, and lubricants (POL) equipment from the United States, but because of the new American policy they had to continue manufacturing and using their own prod58 uct.

On 14 May Marshall sent dards that seemed to the British entirely a directive to Chaney stipulating that adequate. Another problem concerned the organization of the theater SOS was airfield specifications and materials. to parallel that of the SOS recently These differences surfaced when the formed under Lt. Gen. Brehon B. British turned over their own accom- Somervell in the United States and was modations to American forces and drew to be given far broader powers than up plans for new structures.

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