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Women Spies of the World Wars: Krystyna Skarbek

Many women worked undercover during the world wars, but we know the names of only a few. Like men in the secret intelligence services, many went to their graves never revealing their roles. This blog series highlights a few that inspired me while writing At the Table of Wolves.

Krystyna Skarbek, alias Christine Granville, was a Polish countess and  the first–and longest serving–British female spy. Her exploits were many, and yet her story, her name, and her achievements are hardly known. As just one example of an exploit which should be celebrated, she skied out of Nazi-occupied Poland with the first evidence of Operation Barbarosa, the German plan to invade Russia.

Destined to become Churchill’s “favorite spy,” she initially was turned down for service because she was a woman. Read More…