Nancy Wake

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Nancy Wake

Courageous is a word that defines Nancy Wake. She was born in New Zealand, grew up in Australia and was living and working in France at the outbreak of World War Two. 

As a resistance fighter in France in World War Two, she led an army of 7,000 Maquis troops in guerrilla warfare to sabotage the Nazis. 

Known as the “White Mouse” because of her ability to evade capture, she was the Allies’ most-decorated servicewoman and the Gestapo’s most-wanted person.

In this excerpt from a 60 Minutes interview Nancy Wake, then aged 89 years, talks about the responsibility of her job.

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Image: Screengrab 60 Minutes – The White Mouse, courtesy TVNZ.

Catalogue Reference TZP245584

Year 2001


Producer: Melanie Jones
Presenter/Reporter: Mike Valentine
Excerpt: 0:00:23

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