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The Resource She landed by moonlight : the story of Secret Agent Pearl Witherington, Carole Seymour-Jones

She landed by moonlight : the story of Secret Agent Pearl Witherington, Carole Seymour-Jones

Label
She landed by moonlight : the story of Secret Agent Pearl Witherington
Title
She landed by moonlight
Title remainder
the story of Secret Agent Pearl Witherington
Statement of responsibility
Carole Seymour-Jones
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Seventy years ago, in September 1943, Pearl Witherington's parachute dropped behind enemy lines. This is her incredible story. On the night of the 22 September 1943 Pearl Witherington, a twenty-nine-year-old British secretary and agent of the Special Operations Executive (SOE), was parachuted from a Halifax bomber into Occupied France. Like Sebastian Faulks' heroine, Charlotte Gray, Pearl had a dual mission: in her case, to fight for her beloved, broken France and to find her lost love. Pearl's lover was a Parisian parfumier turned soldier, Henri Cornioley, who had been taken prisoner while serving in the French Logistics Corps and subsequently escaped from his German POW camp. Agent Pearl Witherington's wartime record is unique and heroic. As the only woman agent in the history of SOEs in France to have run a network, she became a fearless and legendary guerrilla leader organising, arming and training 3,800 Resistance fighters. Probably the greatest female organiser of armed maquisards in France, the woman whom her young troops called 'Ma M re', Pearl lit the fires of Resistance in Central France so that Churchill's famous order to 'set Europe ablaze', which had brought SOE into being, finally came to pass. Pearl's story takes us from her harsh, impoverished childhood in Paris, to the lonely forests and farmhouses of the Loir-et-Cher where she would become a true 'warrior queen'. Shortly before Pearl's death in 2008, the Queen presented her with a CBE in Paris. While male agents and Special Force Jedburghs received the DSO or Military Cross, an ungrateful country had forgotten Pearl. She had been offered a civilian decoration in 1945 which she refused, saying 'There was nothing civil about what I did.' But what pleased her most was to receive her Parachute Wings, for which she had waited over 60 years. Two RAF officers travelled to her old people's home and she was finally able to pin the coveted wings on her lapel. Pearl died in February 2008 aged 93."--Publisher's description
  • On the night of the 22nd of September 1943, Pearl Witherington, a 29-year-old British secretary and agent of the Special Operations Executive (SOE), was parachuted from a Halifax bomber into occupied France. Like Sebastian Faulks' heroine, Charlotte Gray, Pearl had a dual mission: in her case, to fight for her beloved, broken France and to find her lost love. 'She Landed by Moonlight' takes us from Pearl's harsh, impoverished childhood in Paris, to the lonely forests and farmhouses of the Loir-et-Cher where she would become a true 'warrior queen'
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
BTCTA
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Seymour-Jones, Carole
Dewey number
B
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Cornioley, Pearl Witherington
  • Great Britain
  • World War, 1939-1945
  • World War, 1939-1945
Label
She landed by moonlight : the story of Secret Agent Pearl Witherington, Carole Seymour-Jones
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 403-408) and index
Contents
Machine generated contents note: 1.Into the Field -- 2.Darkest Hour -- 3.The Longest Winter -- 4.Escape -- 5.Pearl -- 6.A Forbidden Romance -- 7.London At Last -- 8.The Baker Street Irregulars -- 9.First Flames -- 10.Enter `Hector' -- 11.Heroes and Traitors -- 12.Churchill and SOE -- 13.Offering Death -- 14.The Prosper Disaster -- 15.Radio Games -- 16.Agent Marie -- 17.Henri -- 18.Explosions Arranged -- 19.Churchill to the Rescue -- 20.The Fall of Hector -- 21.Countdown to D-Day -- 22.Neptune's Trident -- 23.The Battle of Les Souches -- 24.Lieutenant Pauline -- 25.Into the Fray: The 2nd SS Panzer Division `Das Reich' -- 26.Warrior Queen -- 27.Jedburgh `Julian' -- 28.The Elster Column -- 29.Liberation -- 30.Postwar
Control code
000052712036
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
viii, 421 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9781444724622
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(OCoLC)862098979
Label
She landed by moonlight : the story of Secret Agent Pearl Witherington, Carole Seymour-Jones
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 403-408) and index
Contents
Machine generated contents note: 1.Into the Field -- 2.Darkest Hour -- 3.The Longest Winter -- 4.Escape -- 5.Pearl -- 6.A Forbidden Romance -- 7.London At Last -- 8.The Baker Street Irregulars -- 9.First Flames -- 10.Enter `Hector' -- 11.Heroes and Traitors -- 12.Churchill and SOE -- 13.Offering Death -- 14.The Prosper Disaster -- 15.Radio Games -- 16.Agent Marie -- 17.Henri -- 18.Explosions Arranged -- 19.Churchill to the Rescue -- 20.The Fall of Hector -- 21.Countdown to D-Day -- 22.Neptune's Trident -- 23.The Battle of Les Souches -- 24.Lieutenant Pauline -- 25.Into the Fray: The 2nd SS Panzer Division `Das Reich' -- 26.Warrior Queen -- 27.Jedburgh `Julian' -- 28.The Elster Column -- 29.Liberation -- 30.Postwar
Control code
000052712036
Dimensions
20 cm.
Extent
viii, 421 p., [8] p. of plates
Isbn
9781444724622
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
(OCoLC)862098979

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