Wolves at the Door: The True Story Of America’s Greatest Female Spy

Virginia Hall left her Baltimore home in 1931 to enter the Foreign Service and went to work for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) when Hitler was building toward the peak of his power in Europe. She was assigned to France, where she helped the Resistance movement, escaped prisoners of war, and American Allied paratroopers.

Virginia Hall left her Baltimore home in 1931 to enter the Foreign Service and went to work for the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) when Hitler was building toward the peak of his power in Europe. She was assigned to France, where she helped the Resistance movement, escaped prisoners of war, and American Allied paratroopers. By 1942 she was considered so dangerous to the Gestapo that she had to escape over the Pyrenees mountains―on an artificial leg, no less. When she got to England, she was reassigned to France by the OSS, disguised as an old peasant woman. She helped capture 500 German soldiers and kill more than 150, while she sabotaged Nazi communications and transportation. Hitler’s forces were hot on her trail, however, and her daring intelligence activities and indomitable spirit defied the expectations of even the Allies until the very end of the war.

Her story was ignored for more than fifty years, and this book now brings Virginia Hall’s story to patriots young and old.

Comments

John W. Snell says:

MAGNIFICENT account of WWII resistance leader, fighter, radio operator… I have read the book twice and listened to the audiobook once. This is an important perspective on the resistance against the Germans in France during WWII–as well as the role of a remarkable leader, fighter and radio operator. I wish there was more personal information on Virginia Hall, but that is what she would have wanted, anyway. She was modest and downplayed her role. My initial interest in her was her work as a clandestine radio operator using morse code–and that is my passion, working out of my backpack in the mountains of New Mexico or via set-up on my bicycle. I still meet veteran WWII radio operators on the air, chatting via morse–and I would love to have chatted with Virginia in her later years… Best 73, Virginia, de KD5RDD…

Deborah says:

full of history and adventure I read this book as part of my research for a novel I am writing about the French resistance. It was spellbinding and gave me plenty of information about the players of that grand era. Thanks to the author!

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