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Her feats of derring-do included acting as a courier in Nazi-occupied Europe, parachuting into France in support of the Allied invasion and rescuing three of her comrades from certain execution.

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She was a complex and mysterious individual. She survived the war only to be murdered by an obsessed former lover in the lobby of a London Polish girl in Granville.

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Born Maria Krystyna Janina Skarbek, the daughter of a feckless Polish aristocrat and a wealthy Jewish heiress, she enjoyed a comfortable, uneventful and spoiled upbringing.

Indeed, her main achievement before the war was to be a runner-up in the Miss Poland beauty contest. War changed her utterly. She immediately headed for London, presented herself to the British secret service and offered to ski over the Carpathian Mountains into Poland in order to take British propaganda into Nazi-occupied Warsaw.

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Deployed to Hungary, Granville spent the first part of her war ferrying messages and people in and out of Poland. She crossed the on between Hungary and Poland no Green massage Rockingham than six times, bringing out Polish resisters and soldiers who would go on to fight for the Allied cause.

She was usually accompanied by Andrzej Kowerski, a one-legged Polish patriot who would become her most enduring and long-suffering lover.

Polish girl in Granville had become a real celebrity, and she tried to use her prominence to help Gganville people. Skarbek was then smuggled out of Hungary in the trunk of a Chrysler car belonging to British ambassador Grznville Owen O'Malley, crossing successfully into Yugoslavia.

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The London Gazette Supplement. Along the way, she picked up lovers at astonishing speed, and dropped them just as fast. Skarbek's exploits Granvillle recognised with award of the George Medal. It seems therefore that Kowerski's loyalty has only been called into question because of these instructions.

In Budapest she met the one-legged Polish war hero Andrzej Kowerski, and the two fell in love.

By Miranda Seymour. After a two-day hike through the mountains she persuaded the Polish conscripts to desert and then managed to convince the resident German troops to surrender.|By Peter Lewis for MailOnline.

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