A Cool and Lonely Courage

A Cool and Lonely Courage

The Untold Story of Sister Spies in Occupied France

Book - 2014
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The incredible true story of British special agents Eileen and Jacqueline Nearne, sisters who risked everything to fight for freedom during the Second World War.

When elderly recluse Eileen Nearne died, few suspected that the quiet little old lady was a decorated WWII war hero. Volunteering to serve for British intelligence at age 21, Eileen was posted to Nazi-occupied France to send encoded messages of crucial importance for the Allies, until her capture by the Gestapo.

Eileen was not the only agent in her family---her sister Jacqueline was a courier for the French resistance. While Jacqueline narrowly avoided arrest, Eileen was tortured by the Nazis, then sent to the infamous Ravensbrück women's concentration camp. Astonishingly, this resourceful young woman eventually escaped her captors and found her way to the advancing American army.

In this amazing true story of triumph and tragedy, Susan Ottaway unveils the secret lives of two sisters who sacrificed themselves to defend their country.



Baker & Taylor
Tells the story of British special agents Eileen and Jacqueline Nearne, two sisters who risked everything to fight for freedom in Nazi-occupied France during the Second World War.

Baker
& Taylor

Tells the story of British special agents Eileen and Jacqueline Nearne, two sisters who risked everything to fight for freedom in Nazi-occupied France during the Second World War, in a riveting tale that details Jacqueline's work as a courier for the French resistance and Eileen's capture by the Gestapo and internment at the Ravensbrüch concentration camp. 15,000 first printing.
Eileen Nearne and her sister Jacqueline were agents for the Special Operations Executive during the Second World War, working undercover in Nazi-occupied France to send crucial intelligence to the Allies. But the war dealt these sisters a cruel hand. While Jacqueline narrowly avoided capture several times, Eileen was tortured by the Gestapo and sent to the infamous Ravensbruck women's concentration camp. She was only 23. Now, for the first time, the truth about these fiercely patriotic women is told in full, their unwavering courage at great personal cost paid tribute to at last.

Publisher: New York, NY : Little Brown and Company, 2014, c2013
Edition: 1st United States ed
ISBN: 9780316326988
0316326984
Branch Call Number: 940.5486 OTT
Characteristics: viii, 324 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.

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Mar 21, 2017

The French Resistance was crucial to defeating Hitler in World War II. Many of the members were female. The danger was very real. The Nazis had no qualms about torturing and murdering women suspecting of subversive activities. This is the story of two sisters who sacrificed any chance of having a normal life to save France and their homeland, England. Their survival was due to their determination and adaptability in crucially risky situations. The book is well paced and thoughtfully constructed, with extensive research to provide a clear picture of the successes and failures of the English SOE organization.

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