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After living and working in Paris in the 1930's, Nancy married a wealthy Frenchman, settling in Marseilles but her new life was ended by World War II and the invasion of France.
Nancy joined the French Resistance and later, began work with an escape-route network for Allied soldiers before eventually having 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 and as a soldier she led a battalion of 7,000 French Resistance fighters who called her Field Marshall, had a 5 million Franc bounty on her head, killed a Nazi with her bare hands, defeated 22,000 Germans with the loss of only 100 men and sold her medals because, "I'll probably go to hell and they'd melt anyway."
Nicknamed 'The White Mouse' for her ability to evade capture, she was the Gestapo's most wanted person and one of the most highly decorated servicewomen of the war.
This book is not a biography of Nancy's life. Dates have been changed, the timeline of events has been altered, some episodes have been invented, some individuals omitted and composite characters created too. For this reason I read the book with a sense of disappointment, although Nancy's life was undeniably fascinating. The authors recommended further reading for anyone who wanted to know more. I have noted Nancy wrote an autobiography titled 'The White Mouse' recounting her wartime experiences in her own words, so I may re-visit Nancy's story another time.
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