Before SOE - Agents in France 1939-40

Discussion in 'SOE & OSS' started by LondonNik, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. LondonNik

    LondonNik Senior Member

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  2. ritsonvaljos

    ritsonvaljos Senior Member

    Do you have the original source document / testimony that the author of the passage has used please? I have recently been researching the French Resistance in Lille and the Nord but not yet come across an account that would match the passage you quote.

    Many people in and around Lille were actively involved in the Resistance from the earliest days of the Geman breakthrough. Lille had been occupied by the Germans for most of WW1. Many of the adult civilian population already had personal experience of occupation.

    I would suggest you contact the Bondues Resistance Museum near Lille by e-mail. This museum has lots of information about the French Resistance in Lille and the Nord during WW2. It will not be a problem if you are not a French speaker as the curator is a fluent English speaker.

    This is a link to the museum's website:

    Musée de la Résistance
    16 Place de l'Abbé Bonpain
    59910 BONDUES - FRANCE

    Tel : +33 (0)3 20 28 88 32
    Fax : +33 (0)3 20 25 94 95
    Email :

    I hope you find what you are looking for.

    Good luck
  3. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    In 1940 there were three British organizations active in France - MI( R ), Section D of SIS, and SIS itself, later in 1940 MI(R) and Section D were merged with Electra House the Propaganda Organization to form SOE. I think this lady would probably have been working for SIS
  4. Harry Ree

    Harry Ree Very Senior Member

    In the past,the British SIS traditionally used the cover of British Passport Offices for operation of intelligence agents.some held bona fide positions in the Foreign Office structure but nevertheless their primary role was one of intelligence.

    This lady might well have been within these intelligence structures.
  5. LondonNik

    LondonNik Senior Member

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