Nancy Wake: The White Mouse

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Nancy Wake delayed the 2nd SS Panzer Division heading towards Normandy by 16 days. A male comrade-in-arms in the French Resistance summed her up as: ‘The most feminine woman I know, until the fighting starts. And then she is like five men.’ She lived up to both parts of that compliment.

Since her story is going around the net again, seems like a good time to remind you all of Nancy Wake, the “White Mouse” – a WW2 resistance leader who killed a German guard with a single karate chop to the neck, shot her way out of roadblocks, and biked 70 hours through perilous Nazi checkpoints to deliver radio codes for the Allies.