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08 August 2011 @ 08:52 pm
The (white) mouse that roared.  
Nancy Wake passed away yesterday, aged 98, in a London hospital. By the time I was growing up she'd already attained the status of legend for her actions with the Resistance during WW2.

One snippet from her newspaper obit today - For three years, she set up escape routes for thousands of Allied soldiers and airmen and led a band of the Resistance, but had to flee over the Pyrenees to Spain and eventually England after being arrested in 1943.

In England, she was trained by the SOE as a spy and saboteur and was parachuted back into France on the night of February 29, 1944 to lead 7000 Resistance fighters on life-threatening missions distributing weapons and sabotaging Nazi installations before D-day.

That's some woman. RIP Nancy, you will never be forgotten.
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byslantedlight: WomenofCI5 (myrebelcat)byslantedlight on August 8th, 2011 12:37 pm (UTC)
D'you know, I'd never heard of Nancy Wake - thanks for the link, what an amazing woman...
miwahni: Dr Who Saving the Universemiwahni on August 8th, 2011 09:35 pm (UTC)
I learned about her in social studies when I was still at primary school. Perhaps different states' curriculums varied (or perhaps it's because my school days were a teensy bit closer to the end of the war than yours). She was living in NSW, as was I, when I learned about her. I think she's an absolute hero.