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001    ocn862098979 
003    OCoLC 
008    131102r20142013enkab    b    001 0beng d 
020    9781444724622 
020    1444724622 
041    eng 
072  7 WAR|2eflch 
082 04 940.54/8641092|223 
092 0  940.54 Cornioley|bengelska 
100 1  Seymour-Jones, Carole,|eauthor 
245 10 She landed by moonlight :|bthe story of secret agent Pearl
       Witherington : the real 'Charlotte Gray' /|cCarole Seymour
       -Jones 
264  1 London :|bHodder,|c2014 
264  4 |c©2013 
300    viii, 421 pages :|billustrations, maps ;|c20 cm 
336    text|btxt|2rdacontent 
337    unmediated|bn|2rdamedia 
338    volume|bnc|2rdacarrier 
504    Includes bibliographical references (pages 374-408) and 
       index 
520    "Seventy years ago, in September 1943, Pearl 
       Witherington's parachute dropped behind enemy lines. This 
       is her incredible story. On the night of the 22 September 
       1943 Pearl Witherington, a twenty-nine-year-old British 
       secretary and agent of the Special Operations Executive 
       (SOE), was parachuted from a Halifax bomber into Occupied 
       France. Like Sebastian Faulks' heroine, Charlotte Gray, 
       Pearl had a dual mission: in her case, to fight for her 
       beloved, broken France and to find her lost love. Pearl's 
       lover was a Parisian parfumier turned soldier, Henri 
       Cornioley, who had been taken prisoner while serving in 
       the French Logistics Corps and subsequently escaped from 
       his German POW camp. Agent Pearl Witherington's wartime 
       record is unique and heroic. As the only woman agent in 
       the history of SOEs in France to have run a network, she 
       became a fearless and legendary guerrilla leader 
       organising, arming and training 3,800 Resistance fighters.
       Probably the greatest female organiser of armed maquisards
       in France, the woman whom her young troops called 'Ma M 
       re', Pearl lit the fires of Resistance in Central France 
       so that Churchill's famous order to 'set Europe ablaze', 
       which had brought SOE into being, finally came to pass. 
       Pearl's story takes us from her harsh, impoverished 
       childhood in Paris, to the lonely forests and farmhouses 
       of the Loir-et-Cher where she would become a true 'warrior
       queen'. Shortly before Pearl's death in 2008, the Queen 
       presented her with a CBE in Paris. While male agents and 
       Special Force Jedburghs received the DSO or Military Cross,
       an ungrateful country had forgotten Pearl. She had been 
       offered a civilian decoration in 1945 which she refused, 
       saying 'There was nothing civil about what I did.' But 
       what pleased her most was to receive her Parachute Wings, 
       for which she had waited over 60 years. Two RAF officers 
       travelled to her old people's home and she was finally 
       able to pin the coveted wings on her lapel. Pearl died in 
       February 2008 aged 93"--Publisher's description 
520    On the night of the 22nd of September 1943, Pearl 
       Witherington, a 29-year-old British secretary and agent of
       the Special Operations Executive (SOE), was parachuted 
       from a Halifax bomber into occupied France. Like Sebastian
       Faulks' heroine, Charlotte Gray, Pearl had a dual mission:
       in her case, to fight for her beloved, broken France and 
       to find her lost love. 'She Landed by Moonlight' takes us 
       from Pearl's harsh, impoverished childhood in Paris, to 
       the lonely forests and farmhouses of the Loir-et-Cher 
       where she would become a true 'warrior queen' 
600 17 Cornioley, Pearl Witherington,|d1914-2008.|2fast 
610 17 Great Britain.|bSpecial Operations Executive.|2fast 
611 27 World War (1939-1945)|2fast 
648  7 1939-1945|2fast 
648  7 Andra världskriget|2sao 
650  0 World War, 1939-1945|xSecret service|zGreat Britain 
650  0 World War, 1939-1945|xUnderground movements|zFrance 
650  7 Underrättelsetjänst|2sao 
650  7 Secret service.|2fast 
650  7 Underground movements, War.|2fast 
651  4 Frankrike 
651  4 Storbritannien|2sao 
651  7 France 
651  7 Great Britain 
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