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Nancy Wake (‘The White Mouse’) obituary

"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.


Nancy Wake in the 1930s


Nancy Wake in 2010

Nancy Wake Biography by Peter Fitzsimons

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Comment by Dieter Marquardt on August 17, 2011 at 9:06am

Thanks for your comments! Here's some more interesting info from wikipedia:

Seasons 1 and 2 of the 1980s British television series Wish Me Luck were based on her exploits and much of the dialogue was copied from her autobiography.

Wake's story was told in a 1987 television movie, Nancy Wake, released as True Colors in the USA. She was played by Australian actress Noni Hazlehurst.

Sebastian Faulks's 1999 novel Charlotte Gray is thought to be based on Wake's war-time exploits, as well as those of Pearl Cornioley, a British secret-service agent.

A feature film entitled The White Mouse, to be directed by Bruce Beresford, was in the early stages of production at the time of Wake's death.
Comment by Arkos on August 17, 2011 at 4:20am
I heard about her on radio, she was that impressive that nazi believed the mouse was a man, I wish I had a chance to meet her.
Comment by Cap'n Tony on August 16, 2011 at 2:47pm

Beat me to it, Dieter! I was also planning on posting her story, but you saved me the trouble. Thanks!

I'm glad the Economist wrote about her (I'd first seen the same obit in my copy). I'd never heard her story before then. Absolutely fascinating! Incredible woman and a definate Diesel Hero. I need to get that bio!

Comment by Larry on August 16, 2011 at 2:23pm
Thank  you so much for posting this, Dieter. I have a new hero now.

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