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Nancy Wake, nicknamed 'the white mouse' for her ability to evade capture, tells her own story. As the Gestapo's most wanted person, and one of the most highly decorated servicewomen of the war, it's a story worth telling.

After living and working in Paris in the 1930's, Nancy married a wealthy Frenchman and settled in Marseilles. Her idyllic new life was ended by World War II and the invasion of France. Her life shattered, Nancy joined the French Resistance and, later, began work with an escape-route network for Allied soldiers. Eventually Nancy had to escape from France herself to avoid capture by the Gestapo.

In London, she trained with the Special Operations Executive as a secret agent and saboteur before parachuting back into France. Nancy became a leading figure in the Maquis of the Auvergne district, in charge of finance and obtaining arms, and helped to forge the Maquis into a superb fighting force. During her lifetime, Nancy Wake was hailed as a legend. Her autobiography recounts her extraordinary wartime experiences in her own words.

©1985 Nancy Wake (P)2021 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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I was glad I had listened to Code Name Helene first as this story was more of Nancy’s recall from a documentary standpoint. What an extraordinary woman. Humble and gives credit to faithful friendships and loyal citizens. Bravo Madame!

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History in her own words

Extraordinary autobiography of an utterly passionate resistance fighter: you get to know her through her honest words. The story is unequaled. My only criticism is technical: the reader is truly great but the transitions between paragraphs is non-existent - I expect that is an editing issue - which means you don’t have time to realize the next scene or topic is upon you. only chapters are clearly marked. For me, that was very difficult so I bought the book but it’s a very minor point in this riveting account.

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Incredibly Brave Woman

What an amazing biography of a woman who lived according to her heart without fear during such a horrible time in the world.

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