Ambassadors to honor female WWII spy

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By BEN NUCKOLS, Associated Press Writer
Sun Dec 10, 2:45 PM ET

BALTIMORE - In 1942, the Gestapo circulated posters offering a reward for the capture of "the woman with a limp. She is the most dangerous of all Allied spies and we must find and destroy her."

The dangerous woman was Virginia Hall, a Baltimore native working in France for British intelligence, and the limp was the result of an artificial leg. Her left leg had been amputated below the knee about a decade earlier after she stumbled and blasted her foot with a shotgun while hunting in Turkey.

The injury derailed Hall's dream of becoming a Foreign Service officer because the State Department wouldn't hire amputees, but it didn't prevent her from becoming one of the most celebrated spies of World War II.

On Tuesday, the French and British ambassadors plan to honor Hall, who died in 1982 at age 78, at a ceremony at the home of French Ambassador Jean-David Levitte in Washington.

British Ambassador Sir David Manning plans to present a certificate signed by King George VI to Hall's niece, Lorna Catling. Hall should have received the document in 1943, when she was made a member of the Order of the British Empire.



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Most celebrated? I have never heard of her!

I suspect this is a 'Septic' thing because after looking in the dedicated Remembrance plot for the FANY and SOE at Westminster Abbey I don't recall ever seeing her name there.

Good she is to be honoured though.


you can read about her in "Women who lived for Danger" by Marcus Binney or "Women of Courage" by Liane Jones. She wasn't a FANY but was definitely SOE - recruited by Maurice Buckmaster who proposed her for a George medal