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  • MHQ Magazine

    I, Spy

    “I began my mission in wartime France as a British secret agent. My job was to recruit, arm, and train a secret French force to carry out sabotage and harassment…” ...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: Between Collaboration and Resistance

    Between Collaboration and Resistance: French Literary Life Under Nazi Occupation  At the New York Public Library (, Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street, New York, New York, through July 25, 2009.  Powerful, evocative, nuanced,...

  • World War II Magazine

    WWII Review: Slip Into the Role of a Deadly SOE Agent

    If Violette Summer, the brave, beautiful, and revenge-driven protagonist of the new stealth action game, Velvet Assassin, seems familiar to students of World War II spy lore, it’s for good reason. The game was loosely inspired by the...

  • World War II Magazine

    Finding Her Niche Behind Enemy Lines

    When Pearl Witherington learned in the fall of 1945 that she was going to be awarded the honor of Member of the British Empire (Civil Division) by a grateful nation, she promptly dashed off a blistering riposte to the War Office. “I am...

  • Military History Magazine

    The French Resistance: How Resistant?

    The only thing irresistible about the World War II French Resistance was Hollywood’s romanticizing of the small, secret, disorganized, movement. Blame Ernest Hemingway. Ever since he wrote For Whom the Bell Tolls (1940), the popular...

  • MHQ Magazine

    D-Day Revisited

    The author, laden with oral-history transcripts, spent a summer in Normandy studying the battle that marked the beginning of the end of the war in Europe.   AS PART OF THE RESEARCH for a book I am writing about D-Day, timed for the...