"The Economist" of 13 August 2011 includes a wonderful obituary for Nancy Wake who died on 7 August, aged 98. Read here.
Australian Nancy Wake was a member of the French resistance in WWII and later special agent for the British Special Operations Executive in occupied France.
She once said, "I hate wars and violence, but if they come I don't see why we women should just wave our men a proud goodbye and then knit them balaclavas."
By 1942, the Gestapo had become aware of an unidentified agent that was proving to be a significant thorn in their side. They code named the agent 'the white mouse' and listed her as "Number One" on their wanted list, attracting a five million franc reward.