USM professor gives lecture on women spies of World War Two

USM professor gives lecture on women spies of World War Two
Allison Abra, an associate professor of history at USM, speaks about the women of the Special Operations Executive Tuesday night.

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - A University of Southern Mississippi professor Tuesday night spoke about an elite group of women spies who helped win World War II in Europe.

Allison Abra, an associate professor of history, presented a lecture about the women of the Special Operations Executive.

They were part of British Intelligence, who helped organize resistance movements and conducted sabotage.

Abra hopes one day to write a book on the subject.

“In general, women agents were really valued for the way that they could pass much more undetected than some of the male agents, given that because of some of the gender norms of the time, they were less suspicious, they had sort of more natural camouflage,” Abra said. “There are stories of them carrying machine guns in baby carriages and that kind of thing.”

Tuesday’s lecture was part of the 14th annual Richard McCarthy Lecture Series, presented by USM’s Dale Center for the Study of War & Society.

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