Det dukker stadig opp utrolige historier fra WWII: Pearl Cornioley ble sluppet over Frankrike, og organiserte 1.500 motstandsfolk. Tyskerne var så gale på henne at de utlovet en belønning på 1 millioner franc.
Cornioley levde i en annen verden, der mennesker satte livet inn. Noen gjør det fortsatt, men for de fleste er det en utenkelig tanke. Noe blir dermed forvist fra synsranden: at det finnes fiender som vil drepe en. Det visste man under WWII, idag ikke. Oppvåkningen kan bli brutal.
Pearl Cornioley, who was then known as Cécile Pearl Witherington, became one of the most illustrious members of the Special Operations Executive – set up to foster resistance to the Germans across Europe during the Second World War – after being parachuted into occupied France.
Taking control of 1,500 resistance fighters, she led a number of daring attacks on the Germans and boasted of capturing 18,000 enemy troops.
She was dropped into France in September 1943, at the age of 29, to act as a courier of coded messages in the Loire.
Within months she was ordered to take charge of 1,500 Resistance fighters, which later swelled to 3,000.
As D-Day approached Pearl Witherington led raids on railway lines and supply routes, attempting to prevent German soldiers moving north or back to Germany.