Nancy Wake - Known as "The White Mouse" to Nazi agents, Wake was one of the most notorious members of the French Resistance, working on numerous sabotage operations and organizing more than 700 Resistance members into a guerilla fighting force. She was the Gestapo's most wanted spy, with a five-million-franc bounty on her head, and she once killed an SS sentry with her bare hands to prevent him from raising an alarm. A true hero.

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Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue

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Nancy Wake was the most famous member of the French Underground movement. She killed Nazis with her bare hands, jumped from trains, all while remaining unabashedly feminine. In one mini-battle, her car was strafed by German fighter planes but she crawled out of wreck, hanging onto her prized possessions: a jar of face cream, a packet of tea, and a satin cushion. She helped delay Nazis from arriving in Normandy by organizing local resistance groups of around 7,000 men.

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Nancy Wake: French Maquis, SOE operative, and all around Gestapo bane (once killed an SS officer with her bare hands), she was the most decorated Allied woman of WWII.

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WWII US Medal of Freedom Recipient: The White Mouse, Nancy Wake (1912 - 2011)

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Nancy Wake on her decision to fight the Nazis: "I resolved there and then that if I ever had the chance I would do anything, however big or small, stupid or dangerous, to try and make things more difficult for their rotten party." Excerpt from her memoir. She is also featured in Women Heroes of WWII:

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Resistance heroine who led 7,000 men against the Nazis. Nancy Wake, the Second World War's most decorated woman, died at the age of 98 in 2011.

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The incredible Nancy Wake. She was a powerful WWII Nazi hunter and member of the French resistance. At one point she was #1 most wanted and most-hated by the Nazis. They called her "The White Mouse" because she always escaped them. Read about her--she is fascinating!

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Nancy Wake Aug 1912-Aug 2011 "I don’t see why we women should just wave our men a proud goodby." In the war, she was credited with saving the lives of hundreds of Allied soldiers and downed airmen between 1940 and 1943 by escorting them through occupied France to safety in Spain. She helped establish communication lines between the British military and the French Resistance in 1944 that were deemed crucial to weakening German strength in France in advance of the Allied invasion.

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