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Vera Atkins

Vera Atkins, CBE (16 June 1908, Bucharest, Romania - 24 June 2000, Hastings, England) was a British intelligence officer during World War II. Atkins was given one of SOE's most sensitive jobs - recruiting and deploying female agents. When the allied victory in Europe was accomplished, she went to Germany. Her self-appointed mission was to investigate the fate of the 118 F section agents who had disappeared in enemy territory. She succeeded in every case except one.

Australian spy and French resistance hero Nancy Wake. Australian spy and French resistance hero Nancy Wake has died in London at age 98. Ms Wake's work during the Second World War helped her to become one of the Allies' most decorated servicewomen and led the Gestapo to give her the codename The White Mouse.

Yoshiko Kawashima was a Manchu princess brought up in Japan, who served as a spy in the service of the Japanese Kwantung Army and Manchukuo during the Second World War. She helps Emperor Puyi establish Manchukuo in Changchun. She becomes a commander of a Manchukuo Army unit and a Japanese spy, seeking revenge on revolutionaries. She was executed as a traitor by the Kuomintang after the Second Sino-Japanese War.

Genevieve Feinstein Not every woman in intelligence was a spy as we think of them. Women also played a significant role as cryptanalysts and code breakers. Codes were handled by the SIS or Signal Intelligence Service. Genevieve Feinstein was such a woman and she was responsible for creating a machine used to decode Japanese messages. After WWII, she continued to work in intelligence.

from Musings from an American-Nepali Household

World War II Indian “Spy Princess”

At first her Special Operations Executive trainers expressed doubt about using Noor in the field due to her “gentle and unworldly character,” however she was fluent in French and trained in wireless operation, and was ultimately selected to work as a spy in Nazi-occupied France. She was deployed in June of 1943 under the code name “Madeleine.”

Incredibly brave Anne Sophie Oestvedt was one of the two women of the four leaders of WWII Norwegian resistance. Going deep undercover to lead thousands of fighters, she even stood next to her father on a tram and never let him know. Hunted by the Gestapo, she evaded capture the entire war. Although her mental & physical health suffered, she finished college in the US post WWII and returned to Norway with her husband, the XU leader Oistein Stromnes (km).

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Julia Pirotte

Maria Mindla Diament, a member of the French Resistance in World War II was captured, tortured and executed by the Vichy Regime in August 1944.