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By Pearl Witherington Cornioley

Pearl Witherington Cornioley, some of the most celebrated lady global warfare II resistance opponents, stocks her awesome tale during this firsthand account of her adventure as a different agent for the British distinctive Operations govt (SOE). advised via a chain of reminiscences—from a tough youth spent within the shadow of worldwide battle I and her family's harrowing get away from France because the Germans approached in 1940 to her recruitment and coaching as a different agent and the logistics of parachuting right into a distant rural region of occupied France and hiding in a wheat box from enemy fire—each bankruptcy additionally comprises beneficial beginning comments to supply context and history at the SOE and the French Resistance. With an annotated record of key figures, an appendix of unique unedited interview extracts—including Pearl's fiancé Henri's story—and attention-grabbing photos and files from Pearl's own assortment, this memoir will captivate international War...

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I just thought, This is impossible. One morning, at the beginning of December, some of my sisters’ friends arrived in a panic: the Germans were rounding up all the English in the 16th arrondissement [district]. We lived in the 9th arrondissement. ” So my mother, two sisters, and I took refuge with two French families, while I tried to find a way of crossing the demarcation line into unoccupied France. We managed to get some rather vague information. ” The policeman said he would put the register aside for a couple of days to give us time to get away.

The book was called Louise de Bettignies: Sister in Arms by Hélène d’Argoeuvres. Louise de Bettignies helped people escape from Belgium for France, to get away from the Germans. It made a big impression on me; I thought it was something I would like to do. I also read Gone with the Wind. Another novel that made a big impression on me was The Keys of the Kingdom by [A. ] Cronin. It really opened my eyes to the question of religion because it is the story of someone deeply Christian but who is repeatedly at odds with the church’s administration.

Both of Pearl’s parents were British citizens who were living in France when their children were born. Their oldest child, Cécile Pearl, was born in Paris on June 24, 1914, just months before the start of World War I. Pearl remained a British citizen for the rest of her life but grew up speaking French with a perfect Parisian accent, something that would be a major asset during her SOE work. When I was born in Paris, my mother [Gertrude] wanted to call me Cecilia, not Cécile, as my first Christian name.

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