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By William Stevenson

She was once appealing. 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 way of William Stevenson—the spymaster who might later emerge as often called “Intrepid”—when she was once simply twenty-three, Vera spent a lot of the Thirties working numerous perilous espionage missions. while battle was once declared in 1939, her fierce intelligence, blunt demeanour, own braveness, and data of a number of languages speedy propelled her to the management echelon of the hugely secretive particular Operations government (SOE), a covert intelligence corporation shaped by way of, and reporting to, Winston Churchill. She recruited and informed a number of hundred brokers, together with dozens of girls, whose ambitions 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 common Dwight D. Eisenhower jointly “shortened the conflict via many months”—are justly celebrated. however the vital function of Vera Atkins has previously been cloaked in silence. William Stevenson used to be the single individual she relied on to list her existence; he stored his promise that he wouldn't put up her tale until eventually after her loss of life. here's the extreme account of the girl whose intelligence, good looks, and unflagging commitment proved key in turning the tide of worldwide warfare II.

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