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Nancy Wake


English Agent who led the maquis sets of the French Level of resistance, and was probably one of the most adorned servicewomen of World Battle II. She worked well like a nurse before learning to be a journalist and Western correspondent in Vienna. She was the Gestapo’s most desired person, and she published a book about her battle experiences known as The White colored Mouse. She wedded Henry Fiocca, who was simply executed from the Gestapo. She later on remarried John Forwards in 1957, plus they continued to be wedded until his loss of life in 1997. She worked well like a journalist for William Randolph Hearst’s papers.

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Full Name Nancy Wake
Date Of Birth August 30, 1912
Place Of Birth Wellington, New Zealand
Profession War Hero
Education North Sydney Girls High School
Nationality British, French, New Zealand, Australian
Spouse John Forward, Henri Fiocca, John Forward, Henri Fiocca
Parents Charles Augustus Wake, Ella Rosieur Wake
Siblings Ruby Wake, Stanley Herbert Kitchener Wake, Gladys Wake, Charles Wake, Hazel Wake
Awards George Medal, Croix de guerre 1939–1945, Presidential Medal of Freedom
Star Sign Virgo

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1She was awarded the France Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 1970 for her services during World War II. She was awarded the Officer of the French Foreign Legion of Honor in 1988. In 2006, she was awarded the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association Badge in Gold. Her medals are on display at the Australian War Memorial Museum in Canberra.
2Upon her death, she was cremated and her ashes were scattered over Montlucon, France.
3She returned to England in 2001 following the death of her second husband. She lived upon charitable hotels until 2003 where she lived in the Royal Star and Garter Home until her death.
4After the war, she worked for the British government and returned to Australia and ran unsuccessfully for public office there in the 1950s.
5She left France in 1943 to England where she was trained by the British Special Operations Executive or the S.O.E., an intelligence group working with the French Resistance. In April 1944, she parachuted into France to help with preparations for the D-Day invasion. She collected night parachute drops of weapons and ammunition and hid them in storage caches for the advancing Allied Armies, set up a wireless communication with England, and harassed the Nazis.
6She met a Marseilles industrialist, Henri Fiocca, in 1936 and married him in 1939 to settle in Marseilles, France. With the German invasion of France, she used her wealth and social standing to help French Resistance Groups defeat the Nazis. In 1943, she fled France when the Nazis learned of her activities in helping the Allies. Her husband was arrested and executed.
7She was the youngest of six children born in Wellington, New Zealand. Her father moved them to Sydney, New South Wales, Australia where he would leave them. She left home at 16 to work as a nurse and left Australia for Paris, France after also visiting London, England and New York City to work as a journalist.
8She became a French Resistance Fighter during her visit to Vienna, Austria in the 1930s where she witnessed the Nazi gangs beating Jewish men and women in the streets.
9She was awarded the French Legion D'Honneur, the highest military honor in France, for her services during World War II.
10She killed a German sentry with her bare hands and ordered the execution of a woman believed to be a German spy.
11During World War II, she was credited for saving the lives of hundreds of Allied soldiers and downed airmen between 1940 and 1943 by escorting them through occupied France to safety in Spain. She helped established communication lines between the British military and the French Resistance in 1944 to weaken German strength in France during the Allied Invasion.
12Her life as a World War 2 French Resistance fighter inspired the novel, and film, Charlotte Gray (2001).
13The German Gestapo named her the "White Mouse" because she was so elusive.
14Working as a journalist in Europe, she interviewed Adolf Hitler in Vienna in 1933 and then vowed to fight against his persecution of Jews.
15After the fall of France in 1940, Nancy became a French Resistance courier and later a saboteur and spy.
16She worked for British Special Operations (BSO) and was parachuted into France in April 1944 before D-Day to deliver weapons to French Resistance fighters.
17She was top of the Gestapo's most wanted list.
18It was only after the liberation of France that she learned her husband, French businessman Henri Fiocca, had been tortured and killed by the Gestapo for refusing to give her up.
19She is expected to be cremated and her ashes spread in Montlucon in central France, the scene of much of her heroism.
20She was awarded the George Medal on July 17, 1945 for her services to the Allied Troops in Special Operation in France during World War II and the A.C. (Companion of the Order of Australia) on February 22, 2004 for her services to wartime and Australia.



Nancy Wake Codename: The White Mouse1987Video documentary producer



Nancy Wake Codename: The White Mouse1987Video documentaryHerself / Narrator

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1I was never afraid. I was too busy to be afraid.
2Life after war: It's dreadful because you've been so busy and then it all just fizzles out.
3[on not having affairs during World War II] And in my old age, I regret it. But you see, if I had accommodated one man, the word would spread around, and I would have had to accommodate the whole damn lot.
4[on killing during World War II] I was not a very nice person. And it didn't put me off my breakfast.
5[describing herself] someone who loved nothing more than 'a good drink' and handsome men 'especially French men.'
6[on women's role during wartime] I don't see why we women should just wave our men a proud goodbye and then knit them balaclavas.
7[on the Nazis] If ever the opportunity arose, I would do everything I could to stop the Nazi movement. My hatred of the Nazis was very very deep.
8[on being a courier for the Allied Soldiers] It was much easier for us, you know, to travel all over France. A woman could get out of a lot of trouble that a man could not.
9[on her wartime exploits] 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.
10I have only one thing to say: I killed a lot of Germans, and I am only sorry I didn't kill more.

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