Christine Granville

In December 1939 a ‘flaming Polish patriot . . . expert skier and great adventuress,’ according to British Secret Service records, submitted  bold plan to ski into Nazi-occupied Poland from Hungary, via the Carpathian mountains. The patriot was Christine and her aim was to take British propaganda into Warsaw to bolster the Polish spirit of resistance at a time when many Poles believed they had been abandoned to their fate, and to return with intelligence on the Nazi occupation. ‘She is absolutely fearless,’ the report continued, before concluding rather pathetically, ‘she says the matter is urgent.’

–          The Spy Who Loved by Clare Mulley

the spy who loved

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