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Clare Mulley

Tuesday 4th June

St Peter's Church, Broad Street, Ely, Cambridgeshire CB7 4BB
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Historian Clare Mulley returns to Ely to shre the incredible story of Elzbieta Zawacka, the WW2 female resistance fighter known as Agent Zo.

Agent Zo was the only woman to reach London from Warsaw during the Second World War as an emissary of the Polish Home Army command, and then in Britain she became the only woman to join the Polish elite Special Forces, known as the 'Silent Unseen'. She was secretly trained in the British countryside, and then the only female member of these SOE affiliated forces to be parachuted back behind enemy lines to Nazi-occupied Poland. There, whilst being hunted by the Gestapo who arrested her entire family, she took a leading role in the Warsaw Uprising and the liberation of Poland.

After the war she was demobbed as one of the most highly decorated women in Polish history. Yet the Soviet-backed post-war Communist regime not only imprisoned her, but also ensured that her remarkable story remained hidden for over forty years. Now, through new archival research and exclusive interviews with people who knew and fought alongside Zo, Clare Mulley brings this forgotten heroine back to life, and also transforms how we see the history of women's agency in the Second World War.

Clare Mulley is an award-winning author and historian. All her books are under option for TV and film and widely translated. A regular contributor to TV, radio and podcasts and a popular public speaker, Clare also writes and reviews non-fiction for the Telegraph, Spectator and History Today.

"Gripping, moving and important: an amazing and until-now neglected story of female WW2 heroism and secret derring-do. This tale of the resistance fighter Agent Zo is amazingly told and deeply researched by the excellent historian of WW2 espionage, Clare Mulley" - Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of The World: A Family History