During the violent months preceding the liberation of Paris, Wake killed a German guard with a single karate chop to the neck, executed a women 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. And she was a New Zealander. In spite of Hitler she lives to be 98.
Hedy Lamarr is said to have tipped the balance of WWII. Not only is she almost unbelievably beautiful, she was also exceedingly clever. She was the co-inventor of an early wireless form of communication; her invention allowed shortwave radio communications on the field. She gave the invention, for no compensation, to the US Government. the Germans did not yet have this capability. Hooray for Hollywood leading lady Hedy Lamarr.
Eileen Nearne — known as Didi — was, in fact, one of the bravest secret agents of World War II. She sent over 105 radio transmissions that paved the way for Allied troop movements. The average SOE lasted 6 weeks, she worked for more 5 months. When caught, she showed exceptional courage, withstanding torture, incarceration, and concentration camps. She survived the war and was awarded the Croix de Guerre.
Oseola McCarty a cleaning lady who from working all her life accumulated great savings, donated to the University of Southern Mississippi $150,000 for a student scholarship program. “I want to help somebody’s child go to college,” “I’m giving it away so that the children won’t have to work so hard, like I did.” ~
Hitler called her "The most dangerous woman in Europe." At The Queens Head pub in Stepney, in London's East End, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother enjoyed a pint of bitter, which she pulled herself. (That's the much-missed late mother of QE II, who famously refused to leave London during the Blitz, or even to send her daughters to the safety of Canada, saying ""The children won't go without me. I won't leave the King. And the King will never leave."
During WWII 168 female pilots fought against all the odds for the right to aid the war effort. They were expected to fly wherever the need was greatest , in whatever aircraft was required - one in 10 women pilots died flying for the ATA. Their story is one of courage, sexism, patriotism but above all, a story about women who wanted to break the confines of the world they lived in - and reach for the skies ~
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.