(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Russell Braddon https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russell_Braddon is the author of nearly 30 books and novels. _Nancy Wake: World War Two’s Most Rebellious Spy _was first published in 1956, then republished in 2019.
I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com with the expectation of delivering a fair and honest review. I categorize this book/novel as G. This is the 56th book I have completed in 2022.
This is the interesting story of Nancy Grace Augusta Wake. She was born in New Zealand, then grew up in Australia. In 1939 as the threat of war was gathering in Europe, she was 27 and living in Marseille, France. She had just married the French industrialist Henri Fiocca who was 14 years her senior.
After France fell to the Germans, Wake became involved with the resistance. She helped downed Allied pilots escape the Germans and return to the UK through Spain. Wake developed a reputation with the German Gestapo and was known by them as the White Mouse. When the Germans began closing in on her, she escaped through Spain to the UK. Her husband was not so lucky. He was arrested by the Gestapo and executed.
After she had arrived in the UK, she was recruited by the SOE in 1943 and became a FANY. In early 1944 she parachuted into France as part of an SOE Team. The team worked with the Maquis in preparation for the D-Day landings in Normandy. Following the end of the war in Europe, Wake was awarded several medals in recognition of her war efforts.
I enjoyed the 8+ hours I spent reading this 281-page WWII history. This is mostly a biography of Nancy (Wake) Fiocca. As the title implies, she was a woman who did not always take to authority. She was also often audacious in her life, especially in her dealings with the German occupiers. I give this book a rating of 4 out of 5.
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If you have an interest in the WWII era of history, you may find these three pages of interest.
- The “World War II Resources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 590 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds, and other sources with information on the World War II era in history.
- The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
- The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII. Included are links to many fiction and non-fiction books on WWII that I have read and reviewed. There are also links to WWII oriented podcasts.