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Pearl Witherington Cornioley

Biography

Pearl Witherington Cornioley

Pearl Witherington Cornioley joined the Special Operations Executive in 1943 and worked with the French Resistance as an undercover courier and later, under the code name 'Pauline,' as a network leader of 3,500 men. She was instrumental in the carrying out of numerous acts of sabotage during World War II.

Pearl Witherington Cornioley

Books by Pearl Witherington Cornioley

written by Pearl Witherington Cornioley edited by Kathryn J. Atwood - History, Nonfiction, Women's History

In CODE NAME  PAULINE Pearl describes in a series of plainspoken reminiscences her difficult childhood and harrowing escape from France in 1940; her recruitment and training as a special agent; the logistics and dangers of posing as a cosmetics saleswoman to make her way around the country as an undercover courier; and both failed and successful attempts at sabotaging the Nazis. She tells how, when the leader of her network was caught by the Gestapo, she became “Pauline” and rose to command a 3,500-strong band of French Resistance fighters.