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“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.

Virginia Hall’s Childhood Home: Box Horn Farm

Box Horn Farm was Virginia Hall’s childhood home. It had running water and electricity but lacked heating–which was supplied by a pot-bellied stove. Box Horn is where Virginia learned to walk again with her wooden prosthesis, she nicknamed, “Cuthbert.”

Staying in the Shadows

Virginia Hall received the Distinguished Service Cross from OSS Chief William ("Wild Bill") Donovan during a private ceremony in September 1945.  Originally, Donovan wanted President Truman to present the award but Virginia feared the ceremony would make the news and...

Virginia Hall Escapes Carrying a Secret Message

Virginia Hall carried a secret message for British Intelligence when she escaped over the snow-capped Pyrenees. A copy of the coded message is included in this post. Help me crack the code!

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