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Old December 12th, 2012, 11:19 AM   #11

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Zofia Rapp aka Marie Springer, ace of Polish underground intelligence. Located the battleship Tirpitz, escaped from the Gestapo while 8 months pregnant
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Old December 12th, 2012, 11:33 AM   #12

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I saw a programme called 'Spitfire Girls' the other day, it was an innocent film I promise!
I think I've seen that or something similar. I remember one of them describing the problems of AA batteries firing at them.

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Old December 12th, 2012, 12:06 PM   #14

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Interesting, what's her story?

I don't understand why Hollywood etc would want to invent movies when there's so many brave and fantastic real life ones which no-one knows about.
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During her wartime career she was both a key figure in an escape ring in Vichy France and a leader of the Maquis against the German Occupation; her exploits won her the George Medal; the Croix de Guerre with palm (twice); the Croix de Guerre with star; the Médaille de la Résistance (a rare decoration for a foreigner); and the US Medal of Freedom with bronze palm.

When fighting broke out, however, she seemed nothing more than the frivolous young fiancée of a wealthy Marseilles industrialist. But by war’s end in Europe she had become famed as a resourceful, dauntless Resistance leader, who topped the Gestapo’s most-wanted list and had saved hundreds of Allied lives.
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For the remainder of the war she was involved in ambushing German convoys and destroying bridges and railway lines. When 10 men in her camp refused to perform their water-carrying duties she persuaded them by emptying a bucket over each. She interrogated a woman spy and ordered her execution, but saved two girls she considered innocent.
She was also on a raid that destroyed the Gestapo’s headquarters in Montluçon, leaving 38 Germans dead. It was, she wrote later, “the most exciting sortie I ever made. I entered the building by the back door, raced up the stairs, opened the first door along the passage way, threw in my grenades and ran like hell.”
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She had acquired perfect French , and a chance meeting in a bar led to her employment as a courier for Captain Ian Garrow, a Scot who had helped create an escape route for officers and airmen from Vichy France across the mountains into Spain. Henri Fiocca contributed money freely to this enterprise.
Nancy Wake made frequent train journeys escorting escapers towards the Pyrenees; as a courier for a French Resistance group based in Toulon, she also provided the Fioccas’ chalet at Nevache, in the Alps, as a safe house. When Garrow was captured and imprisoned in Meauzae concentration camp, she contrived his escape by bribing a guard.
In the autumn of 1942 the Germans occupied Vichy France, and the Gestapo became aware of a troublesome agent whom they called White Mouse. But White Mouse proved elusive. Finally, when it seemed that the net was closing, Nancy Wake was advised by her husband to flee to England, where he hoped to join her.
In Toulouse, while she waited for the escape circuit to extricate her, she was arrested in a random round-up and accused (falsely) of blowing up a cinema. Bruised and weary after four days of interrogation, she was astonished when her group leader, Patrick O’Leary, appeared. O’Leary, who had succeeded Garrow in the role, was a Belgian army doctor (real name Albert Guerisse) and his exploits would also become famous.
He told the French police chief that he was a friend of Pierre Laval, the Vichy premier, that Mme Fiocca was his (O’Leary’s) mistress, and that the story she had told was a cover to deceive her husband. The police chief felt he understood this intimate dilemma and set her free.
Nancy Wake made several attempts to reach Spain, but was thwarted each time by arrests that broke up the circuit. On her final attempt she had to leap from a train window and run for it with several companions, dodging bullets before escaping through a vineyard. She concluded that a German counteragent had penetrated the circuit; when O’Leary was arrested back in Toulouse, she knew she was right.
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Interesting, what's her story?

I don't understand why Hollywood etc would want to invent movies when there's so many brave and fantastic real life ones which no-one knows about.
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Impressive.
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Interesting, what's her story?

I don't understand why Hollywood etc would want to invent movies when there's so many brave and fantastic real life ones which no-one knows about.
Tbh I'm personally quite happy for Hollywood to leave real people's stories alone and reserve their 'magic' for fiction...
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Here is a lady I first came across in Fergal Keanes 'Road of Bones', the English 'Deb' and anthropologist who 'falls in love' with the Naga hills and tribes. with the Japanese invasion forms a guerilla band.

Bit I like is when the 1944 invasion (Kohima-Imphal) is starting with the enemy close, the Nagas asked permission to return to their villages, leaving her alone in the jungle to face the Japanese. She was close to tears

'I thought this was the finish,' she recalled, although she understood their need to go and protect their families.

But within 24 hours they were back. They had merely wanted to make their wills and give their ceremonial necklaces to their families for safekeeping. They were ready, they told her, 'to die with you'.

Her superiors are desperate to get her the message to shut down her radio and get out of there just as they are about to send the message they recieve one "Am shutting down radio" --good they think-- "will engage the enemy" --oh kak!


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Here is a lady I first came across in Fergal Keanes 'Road of Bones', the English 'Deb' and anthropologist who 'falls in love' with the Naga hills and tribes. with the Japanese invasion forms a guerilla band.

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Extraordinary story. I've heard of British missionaries (male and female) displaying great courage in China and India, but guerilla warfare isn't often associated with Britain - and never with British ladies.
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