November 25, 2014

Pippa Latour award

Pippa Latour Doyle, who worked as a wireless operator to Claude de Baissac's SCIENTIST network across Normandy in 1944, has been made a Chevalier of the Legion d'Honneur.  

New Zealand Herald article: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11364119

Guardian article: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/nov/25/new-zealand-spy-heroine-awarded-frances-highest-honour

November 23, 2014

Han Jordaan

A relative of Dutch SOE agent Han Jordaan is searching for a British family who knew him during his training in Preston, Lancashire (presumably during his wireless operator scheme in the area). Having lived in Manchester at the beginning of the war, the twenty-three-year-old Jordaan was parachuted into Holland and arrested in May 1942, becoming one of the first victims of the Abwehr's Nordpol operations. He died in Mauthausen concentration camp three years later, just before its liberation.

Lancashire Evening Post article: http://bit.ly/hjordaan

November 18, 2014

The Naked Heroine

John Izbicki's 1963 book The Naked Heroine: From the French Resistance to the Folies Bergère (see my previous post on the extraordinary Lydia de Korczak Lipski) has just been republished by Umbria Press. It's available on Amazon here.


Book cover of The Naked Heroine: From the French Resistance to the Folies Bergere by John Izbicki

The Naked Heroine: From the French Resistance to the Folies Bergere
by John Izbicki

Umbria Press
240 pages
ISBN: 978-1910074046

November 11, 2014

IWM cuts

A nice piece from the TLS blog on the imminent cuts to the Imperial War Museum's budget: http://timescolumns.typepad.com/stothard/2014/11/remembrance-under-attack.html

Sign the petition here: bit.ly/IWM-cuts

November 09, 2014

Tommy Macpherson obituaries

Scotsman: http://bit.ly/tommy-macpherson-scotsman
Telegraph: http://bit.ly/soe-telegaph-macpherson

Behind Enemy Lines: The Autobiography of Britain's Most Decorated Living War Hero
by Sir Tommy Macpherson and Richard Bath
Mainstream Publishing, 2012
ISBN: 978-1845967086

November 08, 2014

Brian Stonehouse art

Forty fashion artworks by F Section's Brian Stonehouse, many of them for Vogue magazine during the 1950s, will go on sale at Abbott and Holder , opposite the British Museum.

The exhibition opens on 13 November. See bit.ly/stonehouse-abbott-holder

Telegraph article: bit.ly/brianstonehousevogue
Independent article: bit.ly/stonehouseindependent