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Nancy Wake: SOE's greatest heroine (original 1956; edition 2005)

by Russell Braddon

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Title:Nancy Wake: SOE's greatest heroine
Authors:Russell Braddon
Info:Stroud: Sutton, 2005.
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:non-fiction, male author, australian, france, biography, nancy wake, espionage, soe, french resistance, war, wwii, sutton publishing, bookshelf42, read2015, best of quarter

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Nancy Wake was a brilliant student, with a difficult home life. She ran away twice and ended up in France. At the age of 23 she met and married Henri Fiocca, a wealthy man fourteen years her senior. They led a posh life in Marseille until the war broke out, and Nancy began working for the resistance. At first, she simply helped people on the run, but she became increasingly involved as a courier and helped British airmen escape from German prisons. Eventually, however, the Gestapo began following the agent they called The White Mouse, and, Nancy's devoted husband decided that she must leave France for her own safety.

This was a turning point for Nancy, because after this she was always on the run and always completely committed to the Resistance. It took her six attempts, but she finally made it out of France. Nancy became one of only thirty-nine women to join the SOE and, after some training, parachuted back into France. At one point, she was the British liaison for over 7000 Marquis. She proved to be daring, brave, and incredibly lucky.

I first heard about Nancy Wake in the context of a different biography, a new one by Peter FitzSimons. However, when I looked at reviews of the two books, the older, Braddon biography received better reviews. Certainly Braddon had a leg up on FitzSimons, in that he interviewed Nancy Wake himself. He was also completely enamored with her, which may have colored his treatment of her story. Despite the potential bias, Nancy Wake was an amazing person and her story is colorful and full. ( )
4 vote labfs39 | Nov 28, 2013 |
A fascinating biography of a very brave and inspiring person to whom very many owe their lives. To those interested in France both Occupied and Vichy France this biography will be very interesting. ( )
  robertgriffen | Mar 6, 2011 |
Russell Braddon writes a very sympathetic, gentle biography. This is inspiring.
  Black_samvara | Oct 17, 2007 |
A biography of someone who is, at the time of writing, probably the Greatest Living Australian. Scarcely believable. ( )
  jontseng | Jan 2, 2007 |
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The story that follows is Nancy Wake's: because of that I have asked her to write the next and only important sentence on this page.

'I dedicate this book to everyone in France who helped us, even if it was only by refraining from helping the enemy, for that in itself required courage: but especially I dedicate it to my comrades in the Maquis d'Auvergne.'

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She's a rebel, she's always laughing and she's very, very feminine—that's the best way to describe Nancy Wake.
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By 1943, Nancy Wake, who had left Australia in her 20s, was number one on the Gestapo's most wanted list. She led a raid on Gestapo Headquarters in Montucon, killed a sentry with her bare hands and shot her way through road blocks. Her husband was executed by the Gestapo because he wouldn't reveal her whereabouts. This is her story.

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"By 1943, Nancy Wake, who had left Australia in her 20s, was number one on the Gestapo's most wanted list. She led a raid on Gestapo Headquarters in Montucon, killed a sentry with her bare hands and shot her way through road blocks. Her husband was executed by the Gestapo because he wouldn't reveal her whereabouts. This is her story." -- Publisher.… (more)

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