TIL about Odette Sansom Hallowes. An SOE agent during WWII, she was captured by the Gestapo, interrogated, tortured, and sentenced to death twice. She survived the war and was the first woman to be awarded the UK’s George Cross. In 1951 her GC was stolen, but later returned with an apology note.

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  1. Her wartime experiences and endurance of brutal interrogation, which were chronicled in books and a movie, made her one of the most celebrated members of the SOE. She was also one of the very few who survived Nazi imprisonment.

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