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Heroes and Heroines

Warsaw Uprising, August 1st - October 3rd,...

There was never a good war, or a bad peace

01 Jun 41: Famous American aviator and test pilot Mildred "Micky" Tuttle marries David Axton, taking her husband's last name. One of the first 3 WASPs (Women AirForce Service Pilots) trained as a test pilot, she was the first woman to fly a B-29. She passed away at age 91 in 2010. At her funeral, the Kansas Air National Guard gave her full military honors with an all-woman Honor Guard - a first - done to honor Micky Axton and the WASPs. More: #WWII

Vera Atkins, CBE (16 June 1908, Bucharest, Romania - 24 June 2000, Hastings, England) was a British intelligence officer during World War II. Atkins was given one of SOE's most sensitive jobs - recruiting and deploying female agents. When the allied victory in Europe was accomplished, she went to Germany. Her self-appointed mission was to investigate the fate of the 118 F section agents who had disappeared in enemy territory. She succeeded in every case except one.

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Milunka Savić (Serbian: Милунка Савић, 1888 – 5 October 1973) was a Serbian war heroine who fought in the Balkan Wars and in the First World War. She is recognised as the most-decorated female combatant in the entire history of warfare. She was wounded no fewer than nine times during her term-of-service.

Milunka Savić - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Armenian women, 1895. (To the right, Eghisapet Sultanian, great grandmother of musician Derek Sherinian during the 1895 Hamidian massacres, when the Armenians of Zeitun (modern Süleymanlı), fearing the prospect of massacre, took up arms to defend themselves from Ottoman troops.)

Rose Valland secretly recorded more than 20,000 pieces of art brought by Nazis to the Jeu de Paume Museum, keeping track of where and to whom in Germany the artworks were shipped. She risked her life to provide information to the French Underground and about railroad shipments of art so that they would not mistakenly blow up the trains loaded with France's priceless treasures. (Wikipedia)

Rose Valland: Art Spy of the French Resistance

The remarkable Captain Flora Sandes – the only British woman to serve as a front-line soldier in WW1. Hurrah! We need more ladies like her.

Violette Szabo – “The Bravest of Us All”, an undercover secret agent for the SOE (Special Operations Executive) in Occupied France during World War Two. After completing two special missions, she was captured by the Germans and executed in 1945 ~

Violette Szabo - “The Bravest of Us All”

Billy Fiske was the first American to be killed in action during World War II. He joined the British Royal Air Force and died fighting Nazis in 1940 in the Battle of Britain, long before FDR ever asked Congress for a declaration of war.

Captain Lawrence Edward Grace ("Titus") Oates (17 March 1880 – 16 March 1912). Oates was a Cavalry officer with the 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons and an Antarctic explorer. Aware that his ill health was compromising his three companions' chances of survival he sacrificed himself.

Lieutenant Robert Graham Polhill (1828-1854) 95th Regiment of Foot. Killed at the Battle of the Alma whilst defending the regimental Colours. He was my 2nd great granduncle.

  • Fiona Orr

    A gallant young man.

  • Patrick Baty

    A sitting duck. In scarlet uniform, charging up a hill with the regimental colours. I have his sword.

Lt. Ewald-Heinrich von Kleist, who died at the age of 90 on March 8, 2013, was one of the conspirators involved in the "July 20 Plot" to kill Adolf Hitler with a bomb in 1944. Lt. von Kleist was one of a select group of officers who were to lead a coup in Berlin after Hitler was killed. The bomb did not kill the Führer, however, and dozens of conspirators including Lt. von Kleist's father were arrested and executed. Lt. von Kleist was the last surviving member of the plot.

Nadezhda Popova was a Russian female pilot during WWII. The German military called her one of the "Nachthexen", or "Night Witches" She flew 852 decoy missions in a canvas winged plane. Dropped food and medicine to Russian marines trapped on the beach at Malaya Zemlya. She had to fly so low that she heard their cheers. After the mission, she found 42 bullet holes in her plane.She died on July 8, 2013 at the age of 91

Tina Strobos, famous woman of the Dutch resistance who sheltered more than 100 Jews during the Holocaust, recently passed away at the age of 91. She risked her own life for total strangers. She found ingenious ways to forge travel documents. She let carpenters build hidden rooms in her own house. She was arrested multiple times and survived all the interrogations. Her house was searched multiple times. “I never believed in God,” she said, “but I believed in the sacredness of life.”

Chiune Sugihara. This man saved 6000 Jews. He was a Japanese diplomat in Lithuania. When the Nazis began rounding up Jews, Sugihara risked his life to start issuing unlawful travel visas to Jews. He hand-wrote them 18 hrs a day. The day his consulate closed and he had to evacuate, witnesses claim he was STILL writing visas and throwing from the train as he pulled away. He saved 6000 lives. The world didn’t know what he’d done until Israel honored him in 1985, the year before he died.

Irena Sendler. Polish social worker who saved 2500 Jewish children in Warsaw and was tortured by the Gestapo.

Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) was a British physicist and X-ray crystallographer who made critical contributions to the understanding of the fine molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses. Unpublished drafts of her papers (written just as she was arranging to leave King's College London) show that she had independently determined structure of the DNA helix. Watson & Crick received the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1962 for this work, four years after Franklin’s death of ovarian cancer.

Wilfred Thesiger --- Major Sir Wilfred Patrick Thesiger, CBE, DSO, FRAS, FRGS, also known as Mubarak bin London (Arabic for "the blessed one from London") (1910 – 2003) was a British soldier, explorer and travel writer. He served in the wartime SAS and in SOE.