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Nancy Wake

Nancy Wake was a British Special Operations Executive agent during the later part of World War II. She became the Allies most decorated servicewomen of the war, and was given the code-name “The White Mouse” due to her ability to elude capture. Wake was born in 1912 in Roseneath, Wellington, New Zealand. Two years later, …

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Julia Child

Julia Child was an American chef, author, and television personality. She brought French cooking to everyday Americans, with her groundbreaking cookbook Mastering the Art of French Cooking. Child was born Julia Carolyn McWilliams in 1912 in Pasadena, California. She was the daughter of John McWilliams, Jr, a Princeton graduate and early investor in California real …

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Virginia Hall

Virginia Hall, MBE was an American spy with the British Special Operations Executive during World War II and later with the American Office of Strategic Services and the Special Activities Division of the Central Intelligence Agency. She was “the most dangerous of all Allied spies”. Hall was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1906. She attended …

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Aliya Moldagulova

Aliya Moldagulova was a sniper during World War II. She is a Hero of the Soviet Union. Moldagulova was born in 1925 in Bulak, Kazakhstan. She lost her parents at a young age. Her mother had been shot in 1931 by a guard patrolling potato fields, her father Nurmukhambet Sarkulov was a victim of the …

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Anne Frank

Anne Frank was a German-born diarist and writer. Her wartime diary entitled The Diary of a Young Girl is one of the most widely read books in the world. It provides an insight into the lives of Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Frank was born in 1929 in Frankfurt, Germany to Otto Frank and Edith …

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Hiuaz Kairovna Dospanova

Hiuaz Kairovna Dospanova was the only female pilot and navigator from Kazakhstan to serve during the Second World War. Dospanova was born in 1922 in the village of Ganyushkino, Kazakhstan. She was an excellent student and graduated with honours from high school No. 1 in Uralsk in 1940. Dospanova was a member of her local …

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Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr was an inventor, pin-up and film actress. She co-developed an early technique for spread spectrum communications which are key in many wireless communications used today, including Wi-Fi. Lamarr was born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler in 1914 in Vienna, Austria. In the late 1920’s, her acting talents were discovered by producer Max Reinhardt. He …

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Lyudmila Pavinchenko

Lyudmila Pavlichenko was a Ukrainian Soviet sniper during World War II. She is regarded as the most successful female sniper in history with 309 kills. She is still one of the top ten deadliest snipers in history. She was known as ‘Lady Death’. Pavlichenko was a student in her fourth year of college when Germany …

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Irena Sendlerowa

Irena Sendler (or Irena Sendlerowa in Poland) was a Polish nurse and social worker. She served in the Polish underground (Polish resistance movement) during WWII and was head of the children’s section of Żegota, a clandestine Polish rescue organisation. Sendler was influenced by her father, who was one of the first Polish socialists. He was …