The Nazis called her the ‘most dangerous’ allied spy

Virginia Hall spent many childhood days on a farm in northern Baltimore County, Maryland, but she also spent a lot of time criss-crossing Europe in various endeavors, including her service as a spy against the Nazis during World War II, the Baltimore Sun reports.


Marker, 19300 block of York Road, near Parkton, Md. (Voxitatis)

A new historical marker, approved by the Maryland Historical Trust and the State Highway Administration, was unveiled this morning near Parkton, Maryland, where she grew up.

For this service, she earned the title “the most dangerous of all Allied spies” from the Nazis and the Distinguished Service Cross from the US. As of 1945, she was the only civilian woman to win the honor. A hunting injury she got in Turkey left her doing most of her spy work on one wooden leg, for which she also earned the title “The Limping Lady.”

She graduated from the Roland Park Country School in 1924, where she played hockey and basketball, edited the yearbook, loved acting in school plays, filled the role of stage manager for her senior play, and served as class president her senior year, according to a page from the school’s 1924 yearbook obtained by the Sun.

Books would be written about her life, though, in the years following, including Wolves at the Door: The True Story of America’s Greatest Female Spy, a 2004 biography by Judith Pearson.

Other books in the works include a biography by journalist Sonia Purnell, which might be made into a movie, recounting on the big screen what could be the greatest spy story ever. If it comes to be—producers have been in contact with Hall’s family—Daisy Ridley could play Hall’s character, according to a report on Entertainment Weekly.

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