A 93-year-old former British secret agent will receive France's highest award   for her courage - 70 years after parachuting behind enemy lines in preparation for D-Day.

A 93-year-old former British secret agent will receive France's highest award for her courage - 70 years after parachuting behind enemy lines in preparation for D-Day.

Virginia Hall: "She is the most dangerous of Allied spies. We must find and destroy her" said the Gestapo about Virginia Hall, an American operative in Vichy France, who gathered vital intelligence for Britain early in WWII. When America entered the war, Hall was forced to flee alone & on foot over the Pyrenees mountains, despite wearing a prosthetic leg. She requested and was sent to occupied France, where she helped train the French resistance, cut Nazi supply lines, and more.

15 badass women of World War II you didn't learn about in history class.

Virginia Hall: "She is the most dangerous of Allied spies. We must find and destroy her" said the Gestapo about Virginia Hall, an American operative in Vichy France, who gathered vital intelligence for Britain early in WWII. When America entered the war, Hall was forced to flee alone & on foot over the Pyrenees mountains, despite wearing a prosthetic leg. She requested and was sent to occupied France, where she helped train the French resistance, cut Nazi supply lines, and more.

The REAL Alice! Alice Liddel photographied by Lewis Carroll..for the history he's been inspired by her for his famous book Alice in Wonderland..

The REAL Alice! Alice Liddel photographied by Lewis Carroll..for the history he's been inspired by her for his famous book Alice in Wonderland..

Pictures taken from the same place a picture was taken years before, then overlapped!

Pictures taken from the same place a picture was taken years before, then overlapped!

Soldiers taking direct hits from a German machine gunner as the ramp drops down for unloading.

Soldiers taking direct hits from a German machine gunner as the ramp drops down for unloading.

Frenchwoman Nathalie Sergueiew, alias "Treasure", was one of many agents who double-crossed the Germans during WW2. In Berlin she was taught espionage skills such as secret ink writing, ciphers and radio telegraphy.  However, she was secretly opposed to the Nazis. She reached Britain via Spain in 1943 and from then on her contacts in the Abwehr believed her to be loyally spying on the British for them. In reality, she was sending them deliberately misleading messages composed by MI5.

Frenchwoman Nathalie Sergueiew, alias "Treasure", was one of many agents who double-crossed the Germans during WW2. In Berlin she was taught espionage skills such as secret ink writing, ciphers and radio telegraphy. However, she was secretly opposed to the Nazis. She reached Britain via Spain in 1943 and from then on her contacts in the Abwehr believed her to be loyally spying on the British for them. In reality, she was sending them deliberately misleading messages composed by MI5.

American soldiers attend Mass in the bombed cathedral of Cologne, 1945  (Photo by Margaret Bourke-White)

American soldiers attend Mass in the bombed cathedral of Cologne, 1945 (Photo by Margaret Bourke-White)

Oskar Schindler - Schindler's grave in Jerusalem. The Hebrew inscription reads: "Righteous Among the Nations"; the German inscription reads: "The Unforgettable Lifesaver of 1200 Persecuted Jews".

Oskar Schindler - Schindler's grave in Jerusalem. The Hebrew inscription reads: "Righteous Among the Nations"; the German inscription reads: "The Unforgettable Lifesaver of 1200 Persecuted Jews".

Josephine Baker, 1940 Description: Place of shooting: 49, avenue d'Iena, Paris 16th Author: Studio Harcourt (created in 1934)

Josephine Baker, 1940 Description: Place of shooting: 49, avenue d'Iena, Paris 16th Author: Studio Harcourt (created in 1934)

Lise Marie Jeanette de Baissac MBE (1905–2004) was born in Mauritius of French descent and British nationality. She was a heroine of SOE during WWII, a special agent who risked her life running her own operations. Her story is part of "Female Agents" (2008). After the war she worked for the French Service of the BBC, marrying Gustave Villameur in 1950. In addition to her 1945 MBE she was also awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur and the Croix de Guerre avec palme. She had no…

Lise Villameur

Lise Marie Jeanette de Baissac MBE (1905–2004) was born in Mauritius of French descent and British nationality. She was a heroine of SOE during WWII, a special agent who risked her life running her own operations. Her story is part of "Female Agents" (2008). After the war she worked for the French Service of the BBC, marrying Gustave Villameur in 1950. In addition to her 1945 MBE she was also awarded the Chevalier de la Legion d'Honneur and the Croix de Guerre avec palme. She had no…

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