Nancy Wake, who has died in London just before her 99th birthday, was a New Zealander brought up in Australia. She became a nurse, a journalist who interviewed Adolf Hitler, a wealthy French socialite, a British agent and a French resistance leader. She led 7,000 guerrilla fighters in battles against the Nazis in the northern Auvergne, just before the D-Day landings in 1944. On one occasion, she strangled an SS sentry with her bare hands. On another, she cycled 500 miles to replace lost codes. In June 1944, she led her fighters in an attack on the Gestapo headquarters at Montlucon in central France.

Ms Wake was furious the TV series [later made about her life] suggested she had had a love affair with one of her fellow fighters. She was too busy killing Nazis for amorous entanglements, she said.

Nancy recalled later in life that her parachute had snagged in a tree. The French resistance fighter who freed her said he wished all trees bore “such beautiful fruit.” Nancy retorted: “Don’t give me that French shit.”

"Resistance heroine who led 7,000 men against the Nazis," The Independent. (via madelinecoleman)

"strangled an SS sentry with her bare hands"

"too busy killing Nazis for amorous entanglements"

"don’t give me that French shit."

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jjinttagateun:

ossricchau:

jack the ripper has been identified after 126 years, and if you don’t think that’s the coolest shit- you’re wrong.

I was gonna post this. Man I was so obsessed by the Ripper when I was a teenager. Like my obsession game is so strong I wouldn’t blame anyone if they thought I had a problem. But I followed the royal theorists too much, so I’m a tad disappointed now… I’m still wondering how the heck the lad managed to do all the medic stuff

Well I wouldn’t get too excited…

For one, this amazing new discovery was revealed in the Daily Mail rather than a peer-reviewed journal, so I’m dubious about how amazing it actually is

We’ve no real proof the shawl is from the scene of the crime, we’re just told it is

Even if we accept the shawl, there’s no evidence Kosminski was actually the murderer - it simply (allegedly) has his DNA on it. Given that she was apparently a prostitute, there is a more obvious way his semen could’ve got on it

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