How Virginia Hall Went From Socialite To Spy | WYPR

How Virginia Hall Went From Socialite To Spy

Sep 7, 2020

Virginia Hall of Special Operations Branch receiving the Distinguished Service Cross from General Donovan in September 1945.
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Even as she was growing up in a posh Baltimore family a century ago, Virginia Hall defied convention. Still, no one--especially after a hunting accident forced amputation of her lower left leg-- could imagine she’d become one of the most intrepid spies of World War II.

Rejected as a junior diplomat by the U.S., Hall got a field job in a fledgling British spy operation. It sent her to France to support the resistance against the Nazis. She took alarming risks, adroitly dodging betrayal.

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