On #ThisDayinHistory 1917, Mata Hari is executed for espionage by a French firing squad #AceHistoryNews – @AceHistoryNews

#AceHistoryNews – Oct.15: She came to Paris in 1905 and found fame as a performer of exotic Asian-inspired dances #AceHistoryDesk reports

https://t.me/HistoricalPics/7214 She soon began touring all over Europe, telling the story of how she was born in a sacred Indian temple and taught ancient dances by a priestess who gave her the name Mata Hari, meaning “eye of the day” in Malay……..In reality, Mata Hari was born in a small town in northern Holland in 1876, and her real name was Margaretha Geertruida Zelle……..Regardless of her authenticity, she packed dance halls and opera houses from Russia to France,mostly because her show consisted of her slowly stripping nude………..She became a famous courtesan, and with the outbreak of World War 1 her catalog of lovers began to include high-ranking military officers of various nationalities……….In February 1917, French authorities arrested her for espionage and imprisoned her at St. Lazare Prison in Paris……..In a military trial conducted in July, she was accused of revealing details of the Allies’ new weapon, the tank, resulting in the deaths of thousands of soldiers……….Her military trial was riddled with bias and circumstantial evidence, and it is probable that French authorities trumped her up as “the greatest woman spy of the century” as a distraction for the huge losses the French army was suffering on the western front. #MataHari #WWI #spy #1917 #WorldWar1 #AceHistoryNews

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