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Lindell's List

Saving British and American Women at Ravensbruck



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Already a decorated heroine of the First World War, British-born Mary Lindell, Comtesse de Milleville, was one of the most colourful and courageous agents of the Second World War, yet her story has almost been forgotten. Evoking the spirit of Edith Cavell, and taking the German occupation of Paris in 1940 as a personal affront, she led an escape line for patriotic Frenchmen and British soldiers. After imprisonment, escape to England, a secret return to France and another arrest, she began to witness the horrors of German-run prisons and concentration camps. In April 1945, a score of British and American women emerged from the Women's Hell Ravensbruck concentration camp who had been kept alive by the willpower and the strength of one woman, Mary Lindell. She combined a passion for adventure with blunt speech and persistently displayed the greatest personal bravery in the face of great adversity. To counter German claims that they had no British or American prisoners, Mary smuggled out a plea for rescue and produced her list from her pinafore pocket, compiled in secret from the camp records. This vital list contained the names of captured women, many of whom were agents of British Military Intelligence, the Special Operations Executive or the French Resistance. Poignantly supported by first-hand testimony, Lindell's List tells the moving story of Mary Lindell's heroic leadership and the endurance of a group of women who defied the Nazis in the Second World War. AUTHOR: Peter Hore is the author of several biographies and, for the last dozen years, a freelance obituarist at the Daily Telegraph. He served a full career in the Royal Navy, spent nine years in the film and TV industry, and is now a full-time writer, editor and journalist. He is an elected fellow of the Royal Historical Society, and a member of the Institute of Linguists. 25 b/w illustrations

Product code: 9780750992121

ISBN 9780750992121
Publisher The History Press Ltd
No. Of Pages 304
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H198xW129
Edition 2nd New edition
The untold story of Mary Lindell, one of the most colourful and courageous agents of the Second World War