D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II

D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II Review

The dramatic, untold true story of the extraordinary women recruited by Britain's elite spy agency to sabotage the Nazis and pave the way for Allied victory in World War II

In 1942, the Allies were losing, Germany seemed unstoppable, and every able man in England was fighting. Churchill believed Britain was locked in an existential battle and created a secret agency, the Special Operations Executive (SOE), whose spies were trained in everything from demolition to sharp-shooting. Their job, he declared, was "to set Europe ablaze!" But with most men on the frontlines, the SOE did something unprecedented: it recruited women. Thirty-nine women answered the call, leaving their lives and families to become saboteurs in France. Half were caught, and a third did not make it home alive.

In D-Day Girls, Sarah Rose draws on recently declassified files, diaries, and oral histories to tell the story of three of these women. There's Odette Sansom, a young mother who feels suffocated by domestic life and sees the war as her ticket out; Lise de Baissac, an unflappable aristocrat with the mind of a natural leader; and Andrée Borrel, the streetwise organizer of the Paris Resistance. Together, they derailed trains, blew up weapons caches, destroyed power and phone lines, and gathered crucial intelligence—laying the groundwork for the D-Day invasion that proved to be the turning point in the war. Stylishly written and rigorously researched, this is an inspiring story for our own moment of resistance, in which women continue to play a vital role.

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  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader

    A fascinating and compelling story about the women spies who influenced the outcome of D-Day. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ 1942 was not a good year for the Allies during World War II. They were losing. There isn...

  • Erin

    Thanks to NetGalley and Crown Publishing for a digital galley in exchange for an honest review The women's fiction market has been filled since January with the stories of female protagonists who pa...

  • Katie B

    What peaked my interest when I first heard about this book was that it featured women who risked their lives to help win World War 2. I love reading these type of non-fiction books because it feels li...

  • Jennifer Ryan

    This is an incredible read. Not only are the women spies fascinating and their journeys brave and compelling, but the writer really engages the audience with background tales and details about where t...

  • Quirkyreader

    I received this as an ARC from Crown, who I say thank you to.This book was so well written that it seemed like a novel instead of a history of the SOE, the branch in charge of this group of agents.Ros...

  • Kendra

    This book will sell well to general readers. It shouldn't. It's disorganized and messy, and both condescends to its readers and lacks essential information on its topic. Author Sarah Rose makes sweepi...

  • Maine Colonial

    I received a free review copy from the publisher.In his The Secret War: Spies, Codes and Guerrillas 1939-1945, the always-opinionated historian Max Hastings argues that field intelligence agents in WW...

  • Jim Stennett

    Entertaining and educational. Reads like a spy novel and sheds light on an important but little known aspect of WWII. Warning. There are a handful of brutal tortures, but it is definitely worth readin...

  • Toni Osborne

    The spies who armed the resistance, sabotaged the Nazis, and helped win World War 11 This is a dramatic true account of extraordinary women recruited by Britain who helped win the day on June 6, 1944 ...

  • Ann-Marie

    War is a story of men. Because men tell the stories of war. Women in war torn countries are wallpaper, scenery. They embellish the story, they are victims, objects of pity, sometimes brave supporters ...