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Violette Bushell

In 1940 Violette Bushell was 19 years old when she met her future husband, and married him within a matter of weeks.  Sadly, soon after their honeymoon Violette’s husband was killed at the Battle of El Alamein. 

Heartbroken, Violette joined the ATS.  With a French mother, Violette was bi-lingual, and she came to the attention of the Special Operations Executive. 

Following paramilitary training, Violette become an agent operating behind enemy lines.  Like her peers, she used poetry as encrypted code, making famous one by Leo Marks who headed the Codes Office for overseas agents:


The life that I have is all that I have
And the life that I have is yours.
The love that I have of the life that I have
Is yours and yours and yours.
A sleep I shall have, a rest I shall have
Yet death will be but a pause.
For the peace of my years in the long green grass
Will be yours and yours and yours
.

After one successful mission, Violette was captured just after D Day, and was handed over to the Gestapo in Paris, and transferred to Ravensbruk Concentration Camp.  Following interrogation and torture, at only 23 years old, Violette Szabo was executed by the Gestapo.

She was posthumously awarded the George Gross and the Croix de Guerre, and later la Medaille de la Resistance.

Violette and her husband are thought to be the most decorated couple of WWII.