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History's Secret Heroes
History's Secret Heroes
BBC Radio 4

Helena Bonham Carter shines light on extraordinary stories from World War Two.

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20. Manfred Gans and X Troop

Manfred Gans joins an elite, secret unit of Jewish commandos to take on the Nazis with advanced fighting and counterintelligence... more

03 Jun 2024 · 30 minutes
19. The Enigmatic Emily Anderson

Emily Anderson led a double life. This shy musicologist from Galway was also a top codebreaker for the British, whose... more

27 May 2024 · 28 minutes
18. Andrée De Jongh and the Comet Line

A 24-year-old Belgian woman masterminds an escape line, spanning eight hundred miles of Nazi-occupied territory, stretching from Belgium to Spain.... more

20 May 2024 · 29 minutes
17. Charles Drew and the Blood Bank

Charles Drew, an American doctor, led the creation and use of blood banks, saving countless lives both in war and... more

13 May 2024 · 28 minutes
16. Raymond Gurême: Escape Artist

A young circus performer from a traveling family in France breaks out of an internment camp and dedicates himself to... more

06 May 2024 · 29 minutes
15. Josefina Guerrero: The Maid of Manila

After contracting Hansen’s Disease, then known as leprosy, Josefina Guerrero makes a remarkable decision. She becomes a spy for the... more

29 Apr 2024 · 28 minutes
14. The Unbreakable Navajo Code

A group of Native American soldiers use their language to devise a secret code for the Allies. Can the Navajo... more

22 Apr 2024 · 29 minutes
13. Christine Granville: The Spy Who Skied In from the Cold

Thrill-seeker Christine Granville offers to ski across enemy lines and over the deadly Carpathian mountains, into Nazi-occupied Poland to gather... more

15 Apr 2024 · 28 minutes
12. Flying High with Johnny Smythe

In Sierra Leone, navigator Johnny Smythe becomes one of the first West African airmen to join the Royal Air Force.... more

08 Apr 2024 · 29 minutes
11. The Extraordinary Cook Sisters

How did Ida and Louise Cook, two opera-loving sisters from England, help dozens of Jewish people escape Nazi Germany?Helena Bonham... more

01 Apr 2024 · 29 minutes
History's Secret Heroes
20. Manfred Gans and X Troop
History's Secret Heroes