Nancy Wake was born in 1912 to a poor family in New Zealand. In 1940, after Wake had moved to Europe and married a millionaire Frenchman, she went to the military recruiting office to be a nurse for the Allied Forces in World War II. She got to work saving Allied pilots that had been shot down and doing whatever was necessary -- including bribing guards with huge sums of cash and creating fake identities for the pilots -- to return them safely to Britain. Though she began her work in the war as a nurse, Wake transformed her role into a high-level officer trained in espionage and sabotage that led guerilla attacks on Nazi stations. Germany caught wind of her work and put a five million Franc reward out for her capture. The Gestapo called her "The White Mouse" because whenever they seemed to have her cornered, she would somehow escape. In 1943, Wake was on the top of the Gestapo's most wanted list. We've collected some awesome videos on this topic. Watch them now to learn more.
Written by Curiosity Staff July 6, 2016
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