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Episode 34: D-Day Girls




We are well familiar with the massive deployment of troops on the beaches on Normandy on June 6, 1944. But we are less familiar with the two years worth of groundwork laid behind enemy lines to ensure the D-Day invasion would be a success.


My guest today is Sarah Rose, author of D-Day Girls: The Spies Who Armed the Resistance, Sabotaged the Nazis, and Helped Win World War II, and she joins me to discuss brave women who parachuted into Nazi-occupied France to work undercover as arms smugglers, army recruiters, and saboteurs. Sarah is a news and travel journalist whose columns have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, Travel + Leisure Magazine, and the Saturday Evening Post. She joins me from Hawaii via Skype to discuss her second bestselling history book, D-Day Girls.


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Key Points in Today's Podcast

Some of the major topics I discuss with Sarah in this episode are:


  • What was the Special Operations Executive and what was this idea of "ungentlemanly warfare"?

  • Who were Odette Sansom, Lise de Baissac, and Andree Borell?

  • How did these women operate undercover in Nazi-occupied France?

  • What risks did they assume as saboteurs and arms smugglers?


For the Ever Curious

If you are interested in reading more from Sarah Rose:



Visit www.sarahrose.com for more information about books and speaking engagements.


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