THE PERILOUS world of women spies during wartime is the subject of a fascinating new book by a Hastings-based author.
Ann Kramer’s book Women Wartime Spies examines the role of spies like Mata Hari, Violette Szabo, Noor Inayat Khan and Madeleine Damerment.
Ann’s book reveals how women often make the best spies as they can pass unnoticed in enemy-occupied territories more easily than men.
According to some spy-masters, they have greater courage than their male counterparts.
Within the perilous world of wartime espionage, large numbers of women risked their lives to gather highly secret information directly under the noses of the enemy.
Ann believes these women were often been ignored or trivialised and presented as ‘passive victims.’
Her new book sets out to challenge the stereotypes around women spies, describing the work of women spies during the two World Wars and the roles they fulfilled — as couriers, wireless operators and resistance fighters.
Ann said: “These were incredibly brave women. They operated in the most dangerous of situations and many of them went to their deaths.”
An historian, Ann has written more than 50 books many of the role of women during the First and Second World Wards. Her previous book Land Girls and Their Impact focused on the contribution of the Women’s Land Army, and she is currently writing books on the conscientious objectors of the two World Wars. Women Wartime Spies is published by Pen & Sword, and is available at bookshops, price £19.99.