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Odette Sansom Hallows

Odette Sansom Hallows was a Special Operations Executive During World War II. She was Captured by the Gestapo, Interrogated, Tortured and Sentenced to Death Twice. She Survived the War and was the First Woman to be Awarded the George Cross.

The Geheime Staatspolizei, or Gestapo, was Nazi Germany’s and German-occupied Europe’s official secret police. Hermann Göring established the force in 1933 by uniting Prussia’s multiple political police units into one organization. But did you know about the Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent that the Gestapo captured during World War II? Odette Sansom Hallowes was an …

Odette Sansom Hallows was a Special Operations Executive During World War II. She was Captured by the Gestapo, Interrogated, Tortured and Sentenced to Death Twice. She Survived the War and was the First Woman to be Awarded the George Cross. Read More »

Meet Leo Marks, WW2 cryptographer, who was given a 20 minute training exercise on his first day at work which took him the whole day to complete. He had accidentally not been given the cipher key and ended up breaking a code that was meant to be secure.

Leo Marks Leo Marks, who was codes and ciphers chief at the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the second world war, and worked closely with agents dropped behind enemy lines, has died aged 80. He also pursued a long and sometimes controversial postwar career as a writer for stage and screen, culminating in the film …

Meet Leo Marks, WW2 cryptographer, who was given a 20 minute training exercise on his first day at work which took him the whole day to complete. He had accidentally not been given the cipher key and ended up breaking a code that was meant to be secure. Read More »