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.
During the violent months preceding the liberation of Paris, New Zealander Nancy Wake killed a German guard with a single karate chop to the neck, executed a woman who had been spying for the Germans, shot her way out of roadblocks and biked 70 hours through perilous Nazi checkpoints to deliver radio codes for the Allies. In spite of Hitler she lives to be 98.
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.
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: http://www.amazon.com/Women-Heroes-World-War-Resistance/dp/1613745230/ref=sr_1_2?s=books=UTF8=1372622688=1-2=women+heroes+of+world+war+ii+26+stories+of+espionage