During World War II, Nancy Wake saved at least 1000 Allied soldiers from certain death in Nazi occupied France, by helping them escape over the Pyrenees Mountains into Spain then on to England.
She went from glamour girl, married to a wealthy playboy industrialist, before the war, to hiding downed allied soldiers in her home and leading them on to safety. Many time the Nazis thought they had her but she was constantly able to slip out of their traps, earning her the nickname "The White Mouse" by the Nazis.
Eventually, with the Nazis closing in on her, she escaped using the same route she always used, leaving behind her husband to cover for her. They would not meet again. He was tortured and killed my the Nazis. Not deterred, she went on be to trained by the British in how to kill with your bare hands, how to parachute into enemy held terrain and how to fire a machine gun.
When a German attack against the Maquis interrruprted lines of communication, Nancy covered 200 kilometers by bike over hostile ground to get and receive crucial messages. She slept in haystacks or in the open during her 72-hour journey, which resulted in reestablishing radio contact with London.
One-third of the 39 women serving in the British Special Operations Executive in France did not come home.
It is said that she never traveled without her Chanel lipstick, face cream and her favorite red stain cushion.
These 2 videos tell her story. She is on them, telling some of it herself. If you have time to watch, you will be amazed at all this woman accomplished. I am speechless at such bravery.
We women should not let this kind of achievement be forgotten. This was an amazing woman.