I Heard My Country Calling: Elaine Madden, the Unsung by Sue Elliott

By Sue Elliott

After a sad formative years one of the nice battle cemeteries of Flanders Fields, a younger lady searches for romance and which means in war-ravaged Europe. Elaine Madden’s quest takes her from occupied Belgium in the course of the chaos of Dunkirk, the place she flees disguised as a British soldier, into the London Blitz, the place she ultimately starts off to find herself. Recruited to T component to the distinct Operations govt (SOE) as a ‘fast courier’, she is parachuted again to the rustic of her delivery to adopt a top-secret political project and support pace its liberation from Nazi oppression.

Elaine Madden by no means claimed to be a heroine, yet her tale proves differently. Its centrepiece – warfare carrier as one in every of merely ladies SOE brokers parachuted into enemy-occupied Belgium – is only one episode in a rare real-life drama of highs and lows, love, loss and betrayal.

Relayed to the writer within the ultimate years of her lifestyles, Elaine’s actual tale of braveness and humour in checking out occasions is extra fascinating, extra compelling than fiction.

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