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Member of the British Empire: Virginia Hall’s “Gold Watch”?

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– Life in Spanish Prison

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.

“My Time is Up”: Virginia Hall–The Spy Revealed

Working Behind the Lines in Vichy 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....

Virginia Hall: The “Journalist-Spy”

Covering Her Tracks 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...

Virginia Hall: America’s First Spy of World War II

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.

Baltimore’s Virginia Hall: The Making of a Spy

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.

The Day Everything Changed

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.

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