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  • Nancy is called “the White Mouse” because she hid hundreds of British soldiers during world war 2, Gestapo would catch her in a corner but never caught her. She escaped only by hiking 50 hours through the Pyrenees in espadrilles, finally making it to Spain. Joined a resistance group in Marseilles.Number 1 target on Gestapo’s wanted list.
  • Wake was appointed a Chevalier (knight) of the Legion of Honour in 1970 and was promoted to Officer of the Legion of Honour in 1988
  • Nancy Wake

    1. 1. Nancy Wake<br />By Courtland Foggo <br />
    2. 2. About Nancy <br />D.O.B: 30th of August 1912 in Wellington, New Zealand.<br />5 siblings.<br />Youngest sibling.<br />Her father went back to New Zealand. <br />Died at the age of 98 in a nursing home in London. <br />She was married twice, to Henri Fiocca (1939) and John Forward(1957). <br />They had a house in Marseilles.<br />
    3. 3. Also known as “the White Mouse” She escaped only by hiking 50 hours through the Pyrenees in espadrilles, finally making it to Spain. <br />Nancy was a women of courage and resourcefulness. <br />Saved the lives of hundreds of allied personnel.<br />Helped bring the Nazi occupation of France to an end. <br />Joined a resistance group in Marseilles.<br />“The White Mouse”<br />
    4. 4. Rode a marathon bike and cycled about 500km in 72 hours.<br />Crossed several German checkpoints. <br />Wanted find an operator to radio Britain and request new codes. <br />Took the responsibility because she a women was deemed to have more chance. <br />What she stood up for?<br />German Checkpoint <br />
    5. 5. She got caught by the Gestapo's.<br />She became the number 1 target on the Gestapo’s wanted list.<br />consequences <br />
    6. 6. her achievements <br />Nancy wake noticed the storm troopers doing horrible things to the Jewish people. <br />Miss Wakes said “ the storm troopers had tied the Jewish people up to massive wheel” she later recounts “ they were rolling the wheel along and the storm troopers were whipping the Jews. She stood there and thought, I don’t know what ill do about it, but if I can do anything one day, I’ll do it, And always had that picture in my mind, all through the war. “<br />In the war Nancy became more increasingly involved in the French resistance movement talking advantage of her privileged social position to avoid detection.<br />She helped hundreds of escaped prisoners of war, political refugees, by seeking safety passage out of France through to Spain. <br />
    7. 7. In 1988 Nancy was promoted to officer of the London legion of honour. <br />In 1939-1945 she was awarded the George medal star, France and Germany star, defence medal, British war medal in 1939-1945 and other medals.<br />Awards <br />France and Germany Star Medal. <br />Defence Medal. <br />British War Medal. <br />George Medal.<br />