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Carve Her Name With Pride - Violette Szabo, G.C. (edition 1956)

by R. J. Minney

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Title:Carve Her Name With Pride - Violette Szabo, G.C.
Authors:R. J. Minney
Info:George Newnes Limited (1956), Hardcover
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This book tells a sad story. It no secret that it's about Violette Szabo, a young British agent who was caught by the Germans and killed. What I did not realise was remarkable and decisive action occurred behind enemy lines after D-Day, and that the Germans were murdering their prisoners as the Americans and Russians were closing in on Berlin.
This story is well told. There is much on the buildup to the action which makes the story very personal. It's a pity there is little information on the action. Hopefully more information will be available when files are opened in the future. However, it is likely in include further terrible details of the torture she had to endure. ( )
  robeik | Feb 5, 2014 |
This book is a slow boil, more a biography than a tale of daring do. I expected the book to be mostly about her wartime experiences with SOE but it is instead a biography with most of the book being her life before joining the SOE. While it wasn't what I was expecting it goes into details of her life that many would have left out and that would be a shame. It means the Author could build up her character so when she does go to France her actions are more understandable. One interesting item was her service with a mixed sex Anti-Aircraft battery before joining SOE. This book is for anyone interested in secret operations or women in WWII as well as being a story of courage. ( )
  bookmarkaussie | Nov 16, 2012 |
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Carve Her Name With Pride is the inspiring story of the half-French Violette Szabo who was born in Paris in 1921 to an English motor-car dealer, and a French Mother. She met and married Etienne Szabo, a Captain in the French Foreign Legion in 1940. Shortly after the birth of her daughter, Tania, her husband died at El Alamein. She became a FANY (First Aid Nursing Yeomanry) and was recruited into the SOE and underwent secret agent training. Her first trip to France was completed successfully even though she was arrested and then released by the French Police.

On June 7th, 1944, Szabo was parachuted into Limoges. Her task was to co-ordinate the work of the French Resistance in the area in the first days after D-Day. She was captured by the SS 'Das Reich' Panzer Division and handed over to the Gestapo in Paris for interrogation. From Paris, Violette Szabo was sent to Ravensbruck concentration camp where she was executed in January 1945. She was only 23 and for her courage was posthumously awarded The George Cross and the Croix de Guerre.
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'Carve Her Name With Pride' is the inspiring story of Violette Szabo who was born in Paris in 1921. She became a First Aid Nursing Yeomanry and was recruited into the SOE and underwent secret agent training. In 1944 she was captured by the SS 'Das Reich' Panzer Division, and executed in January 1945.… (more)

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