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    Ooooh, this is vague.................



    From the lates 70s or the 80s. Can't recall if it was a one off or a series. All I can recall is it ends with a female British Agent, Noor Inyat Khan - 'Madeline' (?), being led to a firing squad and being made to kneel in front of the firing squad, because, as the officer tells her, 'It is merely more efficient'.



    If I recall, the German officer is a regular is such progs, scarred face.......



    I've tried IMBD, Google, now I'm trying the experts...................

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    There was a Timewatch episode about her ...



    BBC - History - Noor Inayat Khan: Life of a Spy Princess



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    Nah, wasn't that Bats.



    The German actor has a scarred face and very often plays Nazi officers in 70s TV and Films but I can't remember his name, if I had that I could try IMBD again.....................

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    name='Harleybloke']Nah, wasn't that Bats.



    The German actor has a scarred face and very often plays Nazi officers in 70s TV and Films but I can't remember his name, if I had that I could try IMBD again.....................


    Hans Meyer perhaps?




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    Peter Carsten ???



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    name='Harleybloke']Ooooh, this is vague.................



    From the lates 70s or the 80s. Can't recall if it was a one off or a series. All I can recall is it ends with a female British Agent, Noor Inyat Khan - 'Madeline' (?), being led to a firing squad and being made to kneel in front of the firing squad, because, as the officer tells her, 'It is merely more efficient'.



    If I recall, the German officer is a regular is such progs, scarred face.......



    I've tried IMBD, Google, now I'm trying the experts...................


    Well unless it was Carve Her Name With Pride (where they weren't made to kneel) then it wasn't based on a real agent. The only other film based on the life of a real female SOE agent was Odette, and she was one of the few who survived.



    Apart from the very good Timewatch piece that Bats mentioned there hasn't been much done about Princess Noor.



    So I think it was almost certainly a fictional drama, not based on an actual agent. There are still many of those brave ladies where nobody has any real knowledge of how they died. The focus is usually on Violette, Noor & Odette because they were awarded the GC.



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    Yep! It's Hans Meyer.



    It was quite accurate as when Noor and Violette & her colleagues were executed, all were made to kneel.



    It was Han Meyer.............I think..................I'll IMBD again....



    You're possibly right though Steve that it was a story about a 'Composite' agent.



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    name='Harleybloke']Yep! It's Hans Meyer.



    It was quite accurate as when Noor and Violette & her colleagues were executed, all were made to kneel.



    It was Han Meyer.............I think..................I'll IMBD again....



    You're possibly right though Steve that it was a story about a 'Composite' agent.



    Thanks Guys!!


    Nobody is sure exactly how Violette (and Lillian Rolfe & Denise Bloch) actually died. None of the witnesses survived. The closest is the people who saw them being led to their execution.



    Noor was held in chains because she'd escaped a couple of times. The stories about her final hours are a bit confused but it seems she was badly beaten, raped and then shot in the head along with 3 other female SOE agents. Not a very nice ending for a peace-loving lady.



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    Surely "The Spy Princess" was only aired on BBC2 last year. Harleybloke mentioned the 70's I could check my recording later to determine a date.



    These people were the bravest of the brave

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    name='Frank63']Surely "The Spy Princess" was only aired on BBC2 last year. Harleybloke mentioned the 70's I could check my recording later to determine a date.



    These people were the bravest of the brave


    I realised that .... I mentioned it in case Harleybloke hadn't seen it.



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    name='Steve Crook']Nobody is sure exactly how Violette (and Lillian Rolfe & Denise Bloch) actually died. None of the witnesses survived. The closest is the people who saw them being led to their execution.



    Noor was held in chains because she'd escaped a couple of times. The stories about her final hours are a bit confused but it seems she was badly beaten, raped and then shot in the head along with 3 other female SOE agents. Not a very nice ending for a peace-loving lady.



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    They were made to kneel, It's in the Vera Atkins biography, she got a confession from the SS guards who carried out the executions. It's also a fantastic book, 'A life in Secrets'.

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    Oh!



    And maybe it wasn't Hans Meyer...............



    IMDB didn't throw up a likely title.....................

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    name='Harleybloke']They were made to kneel, It's in the Vera Atkins biography, she got a confession from the SS guards who carried out the executions. It's also a fantastic book, 'A life in Secrets'.


    Yes, it is. Absolutely stunning book. The courage of those women was extraordinary, and many of their deaths were terrible.

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    name='TimR']Yes, it is. Absolutely stunning book. The courage of those women was extraordinary, and many of their deaths were terrible.




    Thats why we should NEVER forget them.

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    name='TimR']Yes, it is. Absolutely stunning book. The courage of those women was extraordinary, and many of their deaths were terrible.


    It makes chilling reading, Violette and the other 2, walking that long walk around the camp to their end. Lillian Rolfe & Denise Bloch on stretchers as they were too weak to walk. All 3 made to kneel and poor Violette the last to be shot.



    Exceptional women and as Frank says, we should never forget the sacrifice they made. I doubt in their position, I would have met that fate with courage & dignity.



    Total respect!

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    Exceptional women and as Frank says, we should never forget the sacrifice they made. I doubt in their position, I would have met that fate with courage & dignity.

    Total respect!


    Well said, Harley!



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    I'm always struck by the line in the R.J. Minney book Carve Her Name With Pride when he mentions young Violette celebrating her 12th birthday - "Half her life was already over".



    At the opening of the museum in Herefordshire there were a few thousand people there. Many of them wearing special forces berets and row upon row of medals. But there wasn't a dry eye in the place, especially when they unveiled the sign on the door: "Violette Szabo. Her Name Carved With Pride"



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    name='Steve Crook']I'm always struck by the line in the R.J. Minney book Carve Her Name With Pride when he mentions young Violette celebrating her 12th birthday - "Half her life was already over".



    At the opening of the museum in Herefordshire there were a few thousand people there. Many of them wearing special forces berets and row upon row of medals. But there wasn't a dry eye in the place, especially when they unveiled the sign on the door: "Violette Szabo. Her Name Carved With Pride"



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    Awesome! So simple too.

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    Great thread chaps but it hasn't got me my answer and you lot are my experts

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