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“I don’t see why women should just wave our men a proud goodbye and then knit them balaclavas.”

Nancy Wake a.k.a. The White Mouse was the most famous member of the French nancy-wakeUnderground movement during WWII. A hard-drinking, hard-fighting special agent, saboteur, and resistance commander who survived Gestapo interrogations, saved over 200 downed Allied pilots, blew up German supply depots, jumped from trains, and killed a Nazi with her bare hands before he could raise an alarm. Her incredible actions earned her a hefty five million Franc bounty on her head.

Despite being on the Nazi’s most wanted list, Nancy never left behind the finer things in life. During one battle, the truck she was driving was strafed by German fighter planes. She crawled from the wreck clutching her prized possessions: a jar of face cream, a packet of tea, and a satin cushion.

By the end of the war, she was the most decorated woman of WWII with a collection that included the British George Medal, the American Medal of Freedom, the French Legion d’Honneur, and three (count that, three) Croix de Guerres. Pretty impressive, right? For you and me maybe, but not for the woman who killed a German female spy without a second thought. Nancy sold off her medals and lived off the money for the rest of her life. “There’s no point in keeping them … I’ll probably go to hell and they’d melt anyways.”

nancy-wake medals“Freedom is the only thing worth living for. While I was doing that work, I used to think it didn’t matter if I died, because without freedom there was no point in living.”

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  1. Tom Threadgill

    Wow, what an amazing woman! I’m surprised there’s never been a movie made about her. Or maybe there has and I just don’t know it?

    1. J'nell (Post author)

      There have been movies made about her, a few biographies, and one based on her which apparently she didn’t like at all. Made her too much of a love object instead of kicking butt.

  2. Susan F. Craft

    What a woman. I surely hope we are rearing others like her who will be there when and if we need them.

    1. J'nell (Post author)

      There are plenty of femme fatales out there, most recently that Russian one. I just can’t imagine killing someone with my bare hands!


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