Tough Broads – Nancy Wake

In 1939, Nancy wake was newly married to Henry Fiocca, a handsome, wealthy, socialite. The pair settled in Marseille and enjoyed the parties and dancing that filled their glamorous evenings. 

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A year later, they were leading a resistance movement that helped thousands of Jewish refugees and Allied servicemen escape to Spain. Nancy was particularly good at flirting her way through checkpoints and charming intelligence out of unsuspecting soldiers.

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Nancy’s reputation soon grew among the Nazi’s, who called her “White Mouse,” and she became one of their most sought after targets. Fearing for the safety of her husband, she fled without his knowledge and made her way across the Pyrenees to Spain. When she arrived, she learned that the Gestapo had tortured and killed Henry in the hopes of finding her.

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With new determination, Nancy was trained as a special agent in Britain and then parachuted into France where she would coordinate attacks on German troops and lead a band of 7,000 resistance fighters. She was known to garner the respect of her men by challenging them to drinking contests. She invariably won.

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Nancy once killed a German guard with a single karate chop to the neck, shot her way past roadblocks and biked 70 hours to a checkpoint to deliver codes to the Allies. When she died in 2003, her ashes were scattered at the location of a raid that she had led on the Gestapo.

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Let nothing stop you.

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