Monday 3rd and Tuesday 4th June 2019
The Olde Bell, Hurley, Berkshire SL6 5LX
75th Anniversary of D-Day
This is an International event with an exhibition open to the public in the Olde Bell Hotel in Hurley and unveiling of a blue commemorative plaque to mark the site of the secret OSS (Office of Strategic Services) communication stations, codenamed VICTOR.
Monday 3rd June - Hurley Village Hall
Reflections of Swan City
Photos and Remembrances of OSS Personnel
Serving in Hurley During WWII
On Monday evening family members of American OSS servicemen will present a live program of personal remembrances and never-before-seen photos of, and by, men who served at secret radio Station Victor during WWII. Narrated excerpts from letters, photo captions, and the rare stories the veterans shared with their families will accompany the photographs. The program will offer glimpses of the men’s day-to-day work and recreational activities that helped counter the stresses of their clandestine mission. This special one-time event will take place in the Hurley Village Hall.
Reviving a slang code name used by some of the Americans to refer to Hurley, the program is titled “Reflections of Swan City.” Due to the personal nature of the material, and in keeping with the OSS tradition of secrecy, no photographing, audio or video recording will be permitted. Admission is free.
Tuesday 4th June - The Olde Bell
The Olde Bell Hotel has opened its doors to welcome visitors to an exhibition of items relating to the Secret War and 1940’s wartime Britain. A display of 1940’s home front memorabilia and historic military vehicles will help set the scene.
Those so far displaying are:
The Hurley Village Association, Hurley History Society and the OSS Society will be unveiling a blue commemorative plaque to identify the site of Station VICTOR and mark the village’s role and association with the OSS. This will not only honour the accomplishments achieved by this organisation, but will inform and educate the local community and the frequent visitors to this popular village.
The OSS Society, led by their President, Mr Charles T. Pinck will be in attendance with veterans and relatives from the US, France and the UK along with invited guests and VIP’s.
During such an important week of commemorations, this is a unique event for our historic village which will generate national as well as local interest.
We will be delighted to welcome Sonia Purnell, who will be signing copies of her book 'A Women of No Importance', the untold story of WWII's most dangerous spy, Virginia Hall. The astonishing tale of how a glamorous young woman lost a leg in a hunting accident but then became one of the most successful Allied secret agents of WWII. Virginia Hall's story of resistance, spycraft and triumph over adversity is one of the most compelling examples of female heroism behind enemy lines of all time. Virginia became the Gestapo's most wanted Allied agent in wartime France, but managed to elude them for three long years in the field while helping to liberate whole swathes of France.