Many of the women who served as spies in wartime took their secrets to the grave and were known only to their contacts. They came from all backgrounds and, while some served in the military, others were journalists, actresses and ordinary people doing extraordinary work. They demonstrated courage and inventiveness and helped alter the course of war with their work.
If one were asked to name a female spy Mata Hari would probably come to mind. Although her real name was Margaretha Geertruida Zelle McLeod, that is most likely a name that no one knows. The name Mata Hari became synonymous with female spy and her legacy portrayed women spies as seductive temptresses who would do anything to extract information from the enemy.
The truth about wartime female spies is that they were women who risked everything while leading double lives in dangerous situations. It has been said that their…
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