Southampton is home to the Spitfire. It was designed and built in the Supermarine factory in Woolston before it was bombed in 1940 by the Nazis. Amelia Earhart, famous pioneering transatlantic pilot once stopped there!

 

The pictures of elegant looking ladies were kick-ass spies. Some were trained in espionage at Beaulieu, now a famous Motor Museum in the New Forest. Nancy Wake (pictured alone) trained as a journalist and travelled extensively until her knack for extracting information was utilised by the secret service on the outbreak of war. It is rumoured she once killed a member of the Gestapo with a Judo chop to the throat! These formidable women influenced the character, Violet. 

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