Violette Szabo

Discussion in 'The Women of WW2' started by Hilts, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. Hilts

    Hilts Fat Biker Bloke

    I see several threads that mention her but not a specific thread, so I though I'd start one!

    I'm sure everyone knows the story of this brave woman, so I won't recount it. I suppose, as her exploits were clandestine and her captors didn't want any evidence of their brutality, there isn't a lot of infor about her.

    Please feel free to post anything you have here!

    Next month my wife and I will visit Salon La Tour, the site of her famous gun battle with the SS. If anyone has been before, I'd love to hear from you!
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  2. Smudger Jnr

    Smudger Jnr Our Man in Berlin

    A very brave lady indeed.

    Regards
    Tom
     
  3. Hilts

    Hilts Fat Biker Bloke

    This site has sadly 'faded away'. It did have some good stuff about Violette on it. Does anyone have any of the pictures or info?
     
  4. LesCM19

    LesCM19 "...lets rock!"

    A LIfe In Secrets by Sarah Helm
    About the life & work of Vera Atkins who operated from 64 Baker St vetting the female agents.
    Have read it a couple of times, strongly recommended reading.
     
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  5. Hilts

    Hilts Fat Biker Bloke

    A LIfe In Secrets by Sarah Helm
    About the life & work of Vera Atkins who operated from 64 Baker St vetting the female agents.
    Have read it a couple of times, strongly recommended reading.

    Yep! A great book! So too her daughter's, 'Young Brave & Beautiful'. Best book on Violette I've read!!
     
  6. James S

    James S Very Senior Member

    If memory serves me right I think her daughter either wrote or had an account of her mother's life written , certainly I do not consider myself up to lacing the ladies shoes - a very remarkable young woman who gave her all.
     
  7. wtid45

    wtid45 Very Senior Member

    If memory serves me right I think her daughter either wrote or had an account of her mother's life written , certainly I do not consider myself up to lacing the ladies shoes - a very remarkable young woman who gave her all.
    As mentioned above here is a link about the Daughter and the book she wrote Violette Szabó, George Cross
     
  8. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

    Yep! A great book! So too her daughter's, 'Young Brave & Beautiful'. Best book on Violette I've read!!

    Didn't her daughter once join this forum to promote the book?

    Very brave woman.
     
  9. Gage

    Gage The Battle of Barking Creek MOD

  10. airborne medic

    airborne medic Very Senior Member

    There also used to be a Museum to her in Worcestershire.....never went and not sure if it is still open???????
     
  11. Hilts

    Hilts Fat Biker Bloke

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    Hilts Fat Biker Bloke

  13. von Poop

    von Poop Adaministrator Admin

  14. Hilts

    Hilts Fat Biker Bloke

    I e-mailed Tania with a question about the battle at Salon La Tour together with a G**gle Earth Map of the village.

    The next day I had a reply with some extra info.

    A very nice lady.
     
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  15. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Violette Szabo's medals and other paperwork are up for sale in a few weeks. For anyone interested in seeing much of her WW2 documentation, medals etc. Please follow the link and download the pdf catalogue, it is one of the most comprehensive collections of paperwork I've seen, to an extremely special lady.

    http://www.dnw.co.uk
     
  16. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    I must say I was surprised that the George Medal etc has been put up for sale.I thought that they would remain in the family.

    Visited Salon la Tour before the A20 was created and the village was bypassed by what is now a minor road.Followed Violet's progress from her landing by parachute at Les Clos and on to her first night at Sussac.Then down to Salon la Tour for a good look round.A good resume of the engagement there and a walk throught the area gives a good idea of what took place here during the march of the Das Reich northwards.

    A very pleasant country area to holiday in.
     
  17. DavidW

    DavidW Well-Known Member

    My knowledge is I am ashamed to say this thread, and the film "Carve her name with pride". What do the "experts" make of the film?
     
  18. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    Hi All,

    As the medal catalogue will only be available for a short while on the link I posted, up until the day of the sale; I will download the pdf and hold it in my files for future reference if needed.
     
  19. ritsonvaljos

    ritsonvaljos Senior Member

    From what I read in the newspaper after Violette's daughter passes on there are no further direct descendants to pass the medals on to:

    "Her George Cross, with her French Croix de Guerre, British campaign medals, photos and documents are being sold later this month in London on behalf of her daughter Tania Szabo.
    Tania, 73, who lives in Wales, described her decision to sell as difficult and with regret but she had to secure her financial future.
    She added: "I've no ­children and the custodianship of her medals needs to be addressed."
    The medals are being sold by Dix Noonan Webb in London."
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    Source: http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/588431/Medal-Second-World-War-Violette-Szabo

    What monetary value can be placed on a collection of wartime medals? If one has to be made, this set is estimated at up to £300,000, which I reckon would be similar in value to a Victoria Cross.
     
  20. bamboo43

    bamboo43 Very Senior Member

    I've always thought a VC is what she should have been awarded in the first instance.
     

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