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Women in War

Italian partisans of the anti-fascist Partito d’Azione (PdA) party during the liberation of Milan, April After the war, about Italian women were recognised as female "partigiane combattenti" (partisan combatants).

Nancy Wake - Known as "The White Mouse" to Nazi agents, Wake was one of the most notorious members of the French Resistance, working on numerous sabotage operations and organizing more than 700 Resistance members into a guerilla fighting force. She was the Gestapo's most wanted spy, with a five-million-franc bounty on her head, and she once killed an SS sentry with her bare hands to prevent him from raising an alarm. A true hero.

Nancy Wake - Known as "The White Mouse" to Nazi agents, Wake was one of the most notorious members of the French Resistance, working on numerous sabotage operations and organizing more than 700 Resistance members into a guerilla fighting force. She was the Gestapo's most wanted spy, with a five-million-franc bounty on her head, and she once killed an SS sentry with her bare hands to prevent him from raising an alarm. A true hero.

Female members of the French Resistance celebrate the liberation of Marseille by French and US forces, August 1944.

Female members of the French Resistance celebrate the liberation of Marseille by French and US forces, August 1944.

An American officer and a French partisan crouch behind an auto during a street fight in a French city, ca. 1944.

An American officer and a French partisan crouch behind an auto during a street fight in a French city, ca. 1944.

Exhausted French Resistance fighter, Paris, 1944.  They were all so very young and were all so very old once the war ended in 1944...all seen on their faces and in their eyes....

Exhausted French Resistance fighter, Paris, 1944. They were all so very young and were all so very old once the war ended in 1944...all seen on their faces and in their eyes....

Members of the French Resistance stand armed behind a barricade during the Liberation of Paris from German forces. It is estimated that between 800 and 1,000 resistance fighters were killed during the battle, and another 1,500 were wounded before the Germans surrendered the city. Paris, Île-de-France, France. August 1944. Image taken by Robert Doisneau.

Members of the French Resistance stand armed behind a barricade during the Liberation of Paris from German forces. It is estimated that between 800 and 1,000 resistance fighters were killed during the battle, and another 1,500 were wounded before the Germans surrendered the city. Paris, Île-de-France, France. August 1944. Image taken by Robert Doisneau.

18 year old French Résistance fighter, Simone Segouin, during the liberation of Paris. [19 August 1944]

18 year old French Résistance fighter, Simone Segouin, during the liberation of Paris. [19 August 1944]

The French Resistance played a vital part in aiding the Allies to success in  Western Europe - especially leading up to D-Day in June 1944. The French Resistance supplied the Allies with vital intelligence reports as well as doing a huge amount of work to disrupt the German supply and communication lines within France.

The French Resistance played a vital part in aiding the Allies to success in Western Europe - especially leading up to D-Day in June 1944. The French Resistance supplied the Allies with vital intelligence reports as well as doing a huge amount of work to disrupt the German supply and communication lines within France.

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