Catalogue description Mathilde Lucie CARRE, alias VICTOIRE, La Chatte: French. CARRE was a leading member of...

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Details of KV 2/934
Reference: KV 2/934

Mathilde Lucie CARRE, alias VICTOIRE, La Chatte: French. CARRE was a leading member of an espionage group in Occupied France known as the WALENTY organisation ('Interallie') originally set up in late 1940 in Paris by the Polish Intelligence Service. She came to Britain in February 1942 with the leader of another Resistance Group, LUCAS, to whom she had admitted that she had been turned by the Germans and that her radio link had fallen under German control. The Germans had indeed successfully turned VICTOIRE into a double agent, yet on her arrival in Britain she apparently changed sides again and for a while her radio link was used as a deception channel. The question whether she had undergone a genuine 're-conversion' was one that taxed all the British agencies involved. Under much suspicion VICTOIRE was investigated by MI5 and when it became increasingly clear that she had betrayed a large number of her Interallie colleagues and associates to the Germans she was interned for the duration of the war. In 1945 she was returned to France where in 1949 she was tried and sentenced to death, later commuted to life imprisonment (and later to be commuted further).

Note: With personal documents, original messages, reports prepared by VICTOIRE with the approval of the Germans and brought over by her, details of WALENTY organisation
Date: 1942 Feb 28-1950 Apr 26
Held by: The National Archives, Kew
Former reference in its original department: PF64216 SUPP B
Legal status: Public Record(s)
Closure status: Open Document, Open Description
Access conditions: Retained Until 2002
Record opening date: 31 October 2002

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