Ciji's Novels & Research

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Richard Heslop (1907-1973) worked for the French section of the SOE, and under the codename Xavier, he was the organiser of the Marksman circuit. He went on three missions for the SOE.

Richard Heslop worked for the French section of the SOE, and under the codename Xavier, he was the organiser of the Marksman circuit. He went on three missions for the SOE.

Krystyna Skarbek (1 May 1915 – 15 June 1952) was a Polish Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent who became a legend in her own time for her daring exploits in intelligence and sabotage missions to Nazi-occupied Poland and France; her noms de guerre Christine Granville and Madame Pauline Armand. She was awarded and Order of the British Empire and the Croix de Guerre. Click through for her full story.

Krystyna Skarbek (aka Christine Granville & Madame Pauline Armand) was a Polish Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent who became a legend in her own time for her daring exploits in intelligence and sabotage missions to Nazi-occupied Poland and France.

Richard Heslop (1907-1973) worked for the French section of the SOE, and under the codename Xavier, he was the organiser of the Marksman circuit. He went on three missions for the SOE.

Richard Heslop worked for the French section of the SOE, and under the codename Xavier, he was the organiser of the Marksman circuit. He went on three missions for the SOE.

Never-before-seen pictures of Britain's first female special agent show the tender side of Churchill's favourite spy who always had a knife strapped to her thigh Imperial War Museum photos show a new side to Christine Granville The Polish native was the first female special agent She carried out amazing feats of daring and bravado fighting the Nazis in occupied France

Christine Granville was Britain's first female special agent, and served in occupied France as well as her native Poland.

Vera Atkins (real name Vera-May Rosenberg) was recruited by the spymaster known as Intrepid—Canadian business man William Stephesen—at the age of twenty-three and before the outbreak of World War II found herself fighting along side American, Canadian and British civilians to derail the dangers of the Third Reich. By the mid-1930s she was already an experienced spy, currying and sending information to both President Roosevelt and Churchill. When the Second World War finally broke out in…

demons: “ Vera Atkins (real name Vera-May Rosenberg) was recruited by the spymaster known as Intrepid—Canadian business man William Stephesen—at the age of twenty-three and before the outbreak of.

WW2 French flag with the cross of Lorraine - Picture of Army ...

French flag with the cross of Lorraine - Picture of Army Museum, Paris - TripAdvisor

Here is a 1940s picture of the "Vichy" French embassy on Wyoming Street before the mission staff was sent by the US government to be intered at The Hershey Hotel in Hershey, PA.  There was one member, however, whose life story I was chasing down--and found it!

Here is a 1940s picture of the "Vichy" French embassy on Wyoming Street before the mission staff was sent by the US government to be intered at The Hershey Hotel in Hershey, PA. There was one member, however, whose life story I was chasing down--and found it!

This is the site of the former "Vichy" French embassy in DC prior to the US declaring war on Germany after the invasion of France and the setting up of the puppet regime collarborating with Hitler's occupiers.   It took a while to be sure this was the same place, but eventually, I confirmed it with a photo taken in the eaerly 1940s...

This is the site of the former "Vichy" French embassy in DC prior to the US declaring war on Germany after the invasion of France and the setting up of the puppet regime collarborating with Hitler's occupiers. It took a while to be sure this was the same place, but eventually, I confirmed it with a photo taken in the eaerly 1940s...

Every museum these days has a "shop" and the DC Spy Museum was no exception.  These places are great for a novelist looking for specialized research on a narrow topic: American female secret agents operating in the US and Europe BEFORE our country entered WWII...

Every museum these days has a "shop" and the DC Spy Museum was no exception. These places are great for a novelist looking for specialized research on a narrow topic: American female secret agents operating in the US and Europe BEFORE our country entered WWII...

Entering the "inner sanctum" of the spy museum with artifacts I was tracking down from the former OSS (forerunner of the current C.I.A.).

Entering the "inner sanctum" of the spy museum with artifacts I was tracking down from the former OSS (forerunner of the current C.I.A.).

My first stop in DC was "The Spy Museum"--not to be missed! I was on the trail of American female secret agents operating during WWII in the US and Europe

My first stop in DC was "The Spy Museum"--not to be missed! I was on the trail of American female secret agents operating during WWII in the US and Europe

The Williard Hotel has been around DC for years...but I wanted to see it now, and compare with pictures shot in the 1940s.

The Williard Hotel has been around DC for years...but I wanted to see it now, and compare with pictures shot in the 1940s.