By 1944 and as the Nazis became more astute at discovering Allied male agents, the US Office of Strategic Services (OSS) working in France began using women from the Free French Intelligence organisations to infiltrate enemy territory to carry out reconnaissance.
Reducing the number of intelligence operations and using brave yet less suspicious French women resistors, they discovered valuable enemy military information.
Like the heroines I interviewed, these women were defiant at being oppressed and subjugated by a ruthless enemy and took what seemed like insurmountable risk to succeed. This article reviews some of their strategic contributions. (The article’s front page photo is not of the French resistors.)