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Vans Girls’ Catskills Moto Diaries // Babes Ride Out: Virginia Hall 

Hailing from the outskirts of New Jersey comes Babes Ride Out East Coast manager, Virginia Hall. With a big smile, and an even bigger heart, this one-of-a-kind hardtail-scooting gem has easily become one of our favorite girls in the moto scene— and with good reason! Her humility and genuine nature have earned her a spot on our list of “top people to travel with,” and let’s face it… there’s something pretty rad about a woman who has built her own bike. As we pulled up late into the campsite, we sat and chatted with Virginia (clearly she was someone we were eager to hang out with)  about the highs and lows she experienced while building, and the life-altering moments that can only be encountered on two wheels.

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Ridley will be playing real-life WW2 spy Virginia Hall. Rejected from the US foreign service for both gender and disability (she had a wooden leg named Cuthbert!), Hall joined the British SOE and ROCKED IT. She was considered one of the SOE’s most dangerous spies.

(and she’s probably a future RP :D )

WOMEN OF WWII - VIRGINIA HALL

Virginia Hall Goillot MBE (6 April 1906 – 8 July 1982) was an American spy with the British Special Operations Executive during World War II and later with the American Office of Strategic Services and the Special Activities Division of the Central Intelligence Agency. She was known by many aliases, including “Marie Monin”, “Germaine”, “Diane”, “Marie of Lyon”, “Camille”, and “Nicolas”. The Germans gave her the nickname “Artemis”. The Gestapo reportedly considered her “the most dangerous of all Allied spies”.

Hall was born in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Roland Park Country School and then the prestigious Radcliffe College and Barnard College (Columbia University), where she studied French, Italian and German. She wanted to finish her studies in Europe. With help from her parents, she travelled the Continent and studied in France, Germany, and Austria, finally landing an appointment as a Consular Service clerk at the American Embassy in Warsaw, Poland in 1931. 

Hall had hoped to join the Foreign Service, but suffered a setback around 1932, when she accidentally shot herself in the left leg while hunting in Turkey. The leg was later amputated from the knee down, and replaced with a wooden appendage which she named “Cuthbert”. The injury foreclosed whatever chance she might have had for a diplomatic career, and she resigned from the Department of State in 1939. Thereafter she attended graduate school at American University in Washington, DC.

Hall made her way to London and volunteered for Britain’s newly formed Special Operations Executive (SOE), which sent her back to Vichy in August 1941. She spent the next 15 months there, helping to coordinate the activities of the French Underground in Vichy and the occupied zone of France. At the time she had the cover of a correspondent for the New York Post.

When the Germans suddenly seized all of France in November 1942, Hall barely escaped to Spain. Rather whimsically, her artificial foot had its own codename (“Cuthbert”). According to Dr. Dennis Casey of the U.S. Air Force Intelligence Agency, the French nicknamed her “la dame qui boite” and the Germans put “the limping lady” on their most wanted list. 

Before making her escape, she signalled to SOE that she hoped Cuthbert would not give trouble on the way. The SOE, not understanding the reference, replied, “If Cuthbert troublesome, eliminate him”. Journeying back to London (after working for SOE for a time in Madrid), in July 1943 she was quietly made an honorary Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE).

Virginia Hall joined the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (OSS) Special Operations Branch in March 1944 and asked to return to occupied France. She hardly needed training in clandestine work behind enemy lines, and OSS promptly granted her request and landed her from a British MTB in Brittany (her artificial leg having kept her from parachuting in) with a forged French identification certificate for Marcelle Montagne. 

Codenamed “Diane”, she eluded the Gestapo, and contacted the French Resistance in central France. She mapped drop zones for supplies and commandos from England, found safe houses, and linked up with a Jedburgh team after the Allied Forces landed at Normandy. Hall helped train three battalions of Resistance forces to wage guerrilla warfare against the Germans and kept up a stream of valuable reporting until Allied troops overtook her small band in September.

Hall was known for forging Resistance networks, creating caches of cash and weapons for her rebels, and whisking escaped POWs out of German-occupied France. The one-legged spy once escaped over the snow-caked Pyrenees Mountains - by foot.

In 1950, Hall married OSS agent Paul Goillot. In 1951, she joined the Central Intelligence Agency, working as an intelligence analyst on French parliamentary affairs. She worked alongside her husband as part of the Special Activities Division.

sweetest-garlic  asked:

MY BROTHER IS REALLY SEXIST AND MY DAD IS SLIGHTLY LESS BUT STILL P R O B L E M A T I C AND MY ENGLISH TEACHER SAYS THAT SINGULAR THEY "IS NOT REAL AND NOT TO BE USED" AND IT MAKES ME REALLY MAD AND I JUST WANT TO VENT AND FIND SOME STRONG FEMALE CHARACTERS AND SLAP MY BROTHER IN THE FACE WITH THEM BECAUSE HE SAYS THAT JAMES BOND CAN'T HAVE FEMALE SPIES IN IT AND I'M JUST REALLY, REALLY MAD AND I WANT TO ANGRY CRY

GO AHEAD AND ANGRY CRY. WHILST YOUR BROTHER IS BEING A SEXIST PIG, SLAP HIM WITH SOME REAL FEMALE REALNESS.

This is Eileen Nearne. She was a spy during World War II and at 23 she was dropped by parachute into occupied France to relay messages from the French resistance. She was captured by the Germans, tortured and sent to a concentration camp. But she managed to keep up her story and was moved to a different camp. She managed to escape the camp and hide from the gestapo until the area she was hiding in was liberated. When she passed away in 2010 she was given a hero’s funeral.

SHE’S BADASS. AND WAS A REAL LIFE SPY. SO SHOVE THAT IS YOUR BROTHER’S PIE HOLE.

Check out Virginia Hall. She was wanted by the Gestapo as one of the most dangerous allied spies. She worked for Special Operations Executive (SOE) in Nazi-occupied France in World War II. Having lost her lower leg in 1933, she wore a prosthetic. In 1942, the Germans took direct control of France and Virginia had to leave. She managed to hike all the through the snowy Pyrenees Mountains to Spain on her prosthetic to escape the Nazis. Think about that for a minute. Prosthetics weren’t what they’re like now. This would have been some tough shit. I don’t see James Bond hiking through the snow on a false limb. OH AND. She then returned to France to train and arm guerrilla groups whilst constantly moving around to avoid detection by Nazis - who by this point had issued wanted posters and rewards for the so-called “limping lady”.

JAMES BOND’S GOT NOTHING ON THIS WOMAN.

Meet Nancy Wake. One of the most decorated Allied servicewomen of World War II. Nancy Grace Augusta Wake was known to the Gestapo as ”The White Mouse“ for her ability to evade detection and capture. She was part of the French Resistance and later on in the war joined the Special Operations Executive (SOE). She was parachuted into the Auvergne region of France to provide guerrilla groups with arms. Her compatriots praised her strength and courage, two qualities she needed in abundance when she killed an SS sentry with her bare hands to stop him raising the alarm during a raid. After the war ended, Nancy was awarded the George Medal, the US Presidential Medal Of Freedom, the Médaille de la Résistance and three Croix de Guerres from France.

DON’T TELL ME WOMEN CAN’T BE SPIES BECAUSE I KNOW THEY CAN.

Also, your English teacher is behind the times and in my opinion, totally wrong. Gender is a construct. No-one is born with their gender, they’re born with their sex (literally, the organs you are born with). Gender is something you learn. And should you decide you are not female, or male, or either, then that is your decision. If you want your pronouns to be ‘they’, ‘them’ etc. then so ahead and use that! People are still adjusting to using different pronouns for people. But they will get it eventually. I promise you.

NOW HOLD YOUR HEAD HIGH, USE WHATEVER PRONOUNS YOU DAMN WELL WANT AND STRUT AWAY FROM ALL THAT NEGATIVITY.

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Untitled. Mixed medium painting on Strathmore illustration board, partially transected front and back so as to fold outward while remaining one continuous piece.
Collection: Department of Psychology, Williams Hall, Virginia Tech.

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You know i couldnt let Iverson get inducted into the Hall Of Fame tonight  without making a quick highlight mix….

Folding screen. Acrylic paint; 409 technique; gold enamel pen work; spray paint on Strathmore illustration board.

Germana, 1991.

Collection: Department of Psychology, Virginia Tech, Williams Hall.
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Vans Girls’ Catskills Moto Diaries // Babes Ride Out: May 28th, 12PM

Haunted hotels, melted soft serve ice cream, and wild flower fields that seeped off into the distance. We had our hands full that Saturday with one-too-many cool destinations to explore in Catskills, alongside our fellow SoCal natives. From running through the fields of Woodstock, to flooding the Snapchat feed with failed ice cream photographs, this day will easily go down in the books as one of the most fun to date.

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A new oil painting has just arrived in what may be the world’s most clandestine art gallery — the fine arts collection at the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency.

This commissioned work isn’t your typical still life; the tableau is a busy clutter of gear — photos, blueprints, weapons and ammunition.

CIA museum director Toni Hiley says this painting — the 21st in the collection — is purposely complex. A Contingency for Every Action shows artifacts from major covert actions going back to World War II. “It’s what we call an Easter egg painting,” Hiley says. She calls it an “Easter egg,” because nestled within are little hints from missions that are still classified.

Unless you’re a CIA officer, you’ll probably never get to see the painting in person. Which might make you wonder: Why does the CIA have an art gallery at all?

A Peek Into The CIA Art Gallery Reveals [REDACTED]

Images: Courtesy of CIA

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Rhythm by Virginia Hall

University of Delaware Varsity Women’s Rowing Team 2011-2012

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Lady of the day- Virginia Hall(6 April 1906 — 8 July 1982)- “the limping lady”

She was an American spy, working with British SOE during the WWII.  She rode an ambulance, was reportendly considered “the most dangerous of all Allies spies” by the Nazis,  helped train three battalions of Resistance forces, and all that with a prosthesis foot (and I bet all of you can imagine how adequate and comfortable were prothesis in the 40s). I even read that she was landed in France via parachute with her prothesis in her bag, but then wikipedia says something entirely different. Though, I like to believe this story, and you can see it clearly inspired this picture.