Nancy Wake- WWII Special Agent

By Ben • amazing tales, history • 1 Apr 2013

Nancy Grace Augusta Wake AC GM served as a British agent during the later part of World War II. She became a leading figure in the maquis groups of the French Resistance and was one of the Allies’ most decorated servicewomen of the war.

On the night of 29–30 April 1944, Wake was parachuted into the Auvergne, becoming a liaison between London and the local maquis group headed by Captain Henri Tardivat in the Forest of Tronçais. Upon discovering her tangled in a tree, Captain Tardivat greeted her remarking, “I hope that all the trees in France bear such beautiful fruit this year,” to which she replied, “Don’t give me that French shit.”


Her Wikipedia page details many other incredible tales, including that  she was the Gestapo's most wanted person with a 5 million-franc price on her head in 1943 and that she once killed a German SS sentry with her bare hands to prevent him from raising the alarm during a raid.

from Wikipedia
via Neven Mrgan

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