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March 14 2020
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Ailsa Maxwell at her graduation.

Ailsa Maxwell was studying for a degree in economics at the University of Edinburgh when a mysterious summons arrived from the Foreign Office: would she come in for an interview?

It was summer 1943 and although her Foreign Office contact could not divulge what the job was, or its location, he was able to tell the 20-year-old that it was important war work.

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