Virginia Hall Blog

“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....

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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...

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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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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.”

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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...

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