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Marthe Cnockaert MID
Marie Cnockaert was one of the most influential female spies of the World War. Born in Belgium, she earned an Iron Cross from the Germans for her work in a military hospital in her village when they invaded her town. Soon, though, she was working as a spy for the British, passing on information to the allies (and, for a short time, pretending to be a double agent to get the Germans off her trail). It all ended when she left her engraved watch behind when laying explosives under an ammunition store. She was caught, tried and sentenced to death, but instead got seven years in a prison in Ghent before the end of the war meant her release.
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