Traveling Tuesday: Spies in France
Refusing to accept his government’s agreement with Germany, General Charles de Gaulle fled to England and set up a government in exile, later leading the Free French Forces and the French National Liberation Committee. De Gaulle wasn’t the only citizen who took exception to Germany’s presence. Thousands of men, women, and youth overtly and covertly resisted; some of whom became famous for their exploits, others who faded into the shadows of history without recognition.
Another agent, about which little is known of her personal life, is Peggy Turner who posed as a prostitute to gather intelligence about troop, equipment, and installation numbers and locations. One story is told about her bicycling along the Normandy coast “blowing kisses at the German soldiers” while she collected information.
These are just three examples of brave individuals who risked all in an effort to free their country.
Spies & Sweethearts (Sisters in Service, Book 1):
1942. Emily Strealer is tired of being told what she can’t do. Wanting to prove herself to her older sisters and do her part for the war effort, the high school French teacher joins the OSS and trains to become a covert operative. And when she completes her training, she finds herself parachuting into occupied France with her instructor to send radio signals to the Resistance.
Major Gerard Lucas has always been a rogue. Transferring to the so-called “Office of Dirty Tricks” to escape a court-martial, he poses as a husband to one of his trainees on a dangerous secret mission. But when their cover is blown after only three weeks, he has to flee with the young schoolteacher to avoid Nazi arrest.
Running for their lives, Emily clings to her mentor’s military experience during the harrowing three-hundred-mile trek to neutral Switzerland. And while Gerard can’t bear the thought of his partner falling into German hands, their forged papers might not be enough to get them over the border. Can the fugitive pair receive God’s grace to elude the SS and discover the future He intended?
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