Clare Hollingworth was the first British female war correspondent, author and a successful journalist. While working with The Daily Telegraph in 1939, she was travelling from Poland to Germany and spotted German forces amassed on the Polish border. She went ahead and reported the whole scenario thus becoming the first to report the German invasion of Poland.
During her career, she worked in amidst the clamor of the Second World War. A remarkable point in her career was the Christmas of 1938 where she chose to spend the festival in the Austrian resort of Kitzbuhel – trying to infiltrate the Nazis.
In her book ‘Of Fortunes and War’ her episode in Austria has been dictated, written by her great-nephew Patrick Garrett. While the rest of Austria was busy reveling in the festive Christmas spirit, Clare was always agile and alert of any piece of information she could gather to publish in her stories to help the British government.
On September 1st, she awoke to the sound of gun fire: the war had begun. Hollingworth’s eyewitness account was the first report the British Foreign Office received about the invasion of Poland. She even put out the telephone through her window and made them hear the sound of gunfire to make them believe her account.
Even after the war ended she worked as a journalist and continued reporting in conflict and disturbed zones like Palestine and Vietnam. She died in her home in Hong Kong at the age of 105.