Virginia Hall Blog
Virginia Hall received the MBE–one of the UK’s highest awards–for her work in France. She was suspicious that the award was her “gold watch,” and that she would not be allowed to return to France. Her suspicions were well founded. Her bosses in SOE had no intention of allowing Virginia to return to France, calling it a suicide mission. But Virginia did return…
Virginia Hall was thrown into Spanish prison for crossing the border illegally. Virginia had critical intelligence that London desperately needed and had her cell-mate–a Spanish prostitute–smuggle the note out of prison. About a month later, Virginia was released and despite the dangers, wanted to return to France.
After an exhausting three-day trek across the snow-capped Pyrenees, Virginia’s ordeal wasn’t over. She arrived too early to the train station in Spain and was arrested for illegally crossing the border.
Virginia Hall was betrayed by a Catholic priest who was an agent of German intelligence. Her only avenue of escape was over the snow-capped Pyrenees in winter. She dragged her prosthetic limb, she nicknamed Cuthbert, behind her for many miles.
Virginia entered France in the spring of 1941 as an undercover agent for British Intelligence with a mission to provide information on political developments, economic conditions, and the French will to resist the German occupation. The United States, not yet in the...
Virginia, recruited by British Intelligence to be its "eyes and ears" in Vichy France, needed a cover story to keep the French Secret Police and Gestapo from prying into her clandestine life. Early in 1941 she contacted a family friend on the Board of the New York...
Virginia Hall was driving an ambulance when the Nazis invaded France. She fled to London where British spymasters quickly recruited Virginia to be America’s first and greatest spy of the Second World War.
Virginia Hall’s school yearbook shows her to have a streak of boldness, independence, and self-confidence. She also loved to act in school plays–and assuming the role of someone else was perfect training for a spy.
Virginia Hall was hunting a marsh bird, known as the Gallinago (or Snipe) on the coast of Turkey when her gun discharged and led to the amputation of a portion of her left leg below the knee.
One of Virginia Hall’s responsibilities was to organize the French to resist German occupation. This involved sabotage operations–many of which took place on a small scale.