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The secret Ministry of Ag. & Fish : my life in Churchill's school for spies / Noreen Riols.

By: Riols, Noreen [author.].
Material type: TextTextPublisher: London : Pan Books, 2014Edition: Unabridged edition.Description: x, 304 pages ; 20 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781447237020 (paperback); 1447237021 (paperback).Subject(s): Riols, Noreen | Great Britain. Special Operations Executive | World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service -- Great Britain | Women intelligence officers -- Great Britain | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, BritishDDC classification: 940.548641092 Summary: It was 1941 and, just before her 18th birthday, Noreen received her call up papers, and was faced with either working in a munitions factory or joining the WRENS. She opted for the WRENS, but when one of her interviewers realized she spoke fluent French, she was directed to a government building on Baker Street. It was SOE headquarters, where she was immediately recruited into F-Section. For the next four years, Noreen worked with Colonel Maurice Buckmaster and her fellow operatives to support the French Resistance.
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Enhanced descriptions from Syndetics:

'My mother thought I was working for the Ministry of Ag. and Fish.' So begins Noreen Riols' compelling memoir of her time as a member of Churchill's 'secret army', the Special Operations Executive. It was 1943, just before her eighteenth birthday, Noreen received her call-up papers, and was faced with either working in a munitions factory or joining the Wrens. A typically fashion-conscious young woman, even in wartime, Noreen opted for the Wrens - they had better hats. But when one of her interviewers realized she spoke fluent French, she was directed to a government building on Baker Street. It was SOE headquarters, where she was immediately recruited into F-Section, led by Colonel Maurice Buckmaster. From then until the end of the war, Noreen worked with Buckmaster and her fellow operatives to support the French Resistance fighting for the Allied cause. Sworn to secrecy, Noreen told no one that she spent her days meeting agents returning from behind enemy lines, acting as a decoy, passing on messages in tea rooms and picking up codes in crossword puzzles. Vivid, witty, insightful and often moving, this is the story of one young woman's secret war, offering readers an authentic and compelling insight into what really went on in Churchill's 'secret army' from one of its last surviving members.

Originally published: 2013.

It was 1941 and, just before her 18th birthday, Noreen received her call up papers, and was faced with either working in a munitions factory or joining the WRENS. She opted for the WRENS, but when one of her interviewers realized she spoke fluent French, she was directed to a government building on Baker Street. It was SOE headquarters, where she was immediately recruited into F-Section. For the next four years, Noreen worked with Colonel Maurice Buckmaster and her fellow operatives to support the French Resistance.

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Foreword (p. ix)
  • Acknowledgements (p. xi)
  • SOE Organization (p. xiii)
  • Prologue (p. 1)
  • Part 1 Secret Lives and Loves in War-torn Britain (p. 5)
  • Part 2 The Aftermath of War, the Dream - and the Reality (p. 209)
  • Epilogue (p. 281)
  • Roll of Honour (p. 282)
  • SOE F Section circuits in France (p. 298)