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Dunham House, Altrincham, Cheshire, where agents were accommodated whilst they had their parachute training at nearby Ringway aerodrome.<br />
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A new book reveals the heroic and often tragic stories of the brave female SOE operatives who were dropped into occupied France during WW2.<br />
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The courageous women, for whom capture was almost certain death, acted as couriers, carried weapons, helped identify bombing targets, found places for planes to land and established safe houses.<br />
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But of the 36 French women who returned to their homeland to work with the Resistance, a third were captured and 10 of them were executed. <br />
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The immense bravery and sacrifice of these women is highlighted by historian Bernard O'Connor in his new book, SOE Heroines.