The White Mouse - The autobiography of Australia's wartime legend

Nancy Wake

During her lifetime, Nancy Wake was hailed as a legend. This autobiography recounts her extraordinary wartime experiences. Nicknamed ‘the white mouse’ for her ability to evade capture, Nancy was the Gestapo's most wanted person, and one of the most highly decorated servicewomen of the war.

Living in Paris in the 1930's, Nancy married a wealthy Frenchman and settled in Marseilles. Her idyllic new life was ended by the Second World War and the invasion of France. Her life shattered, Nancy joined the French resistance and, later, began work with an escape-route network for allied soldiers. Eventually Nancy had to escape from France herself to avoid capture by the Gestapo.

In London she trained with the Special Operations Executive as a secret agent and saboteur before parachuting back into France. She became a leading figure in the Maquis of the Auvergne district, in charge of finance and obtaining arms, and helped to forge the Maquis into a superb fighting force.

Soft cover, photographs, 206 pages.