Lise de Baissac was born in Mauritius of French descent but with a British nationality. She was studying in Paris when the Germans invaded and went to England. She heard of the Special Operations Executive through her brother Claude and applied to join. It was the start of an incredible service.

Lise Villameur (née de Baissac), was one of the first two female agents to be parachuted into France by SOE in WWII. Her bravado and character shine through in this wonderful interview conducted by the oral historian Martyn Cox and Ailsa Montagu [nee Camm].


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