HFM 079 – History’s Greatest Spies, Part 4: Nancy Wake (1912-2011): The “White Mouse” of the French Resistance

July 21, 2014


Nancy Wake was a World War II spy and saboteur who operated behind enemy lines to organize the French Resistance, helping soldiers and escaped prisoners flee the country. She was a high-society hostess-turned-decorated-war hero who led a guerrilla army of seven thousand men, blew up German supply depots and even killed a man with her bare hands. German intelligence dubbed her the “White Mouse” for her ability to elude capture. She may have looked like a Hollywood starlet, but between 1940 and 1943 she saved the lives of hundreds of Allied soldiers. Wake was the most decorated woman in World War II. 

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Michael writes history books on dictators, the Middle East, and insane rulers, not necessarily in that order. He lives somewhere between Europe and Asia (literally)

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