Women Heroes of World War II 32 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue

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  • Edition: 2nd
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2019-08-06
  • Publisher: Chicago Review Press

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Noor Inayat Khan was the first female radio operator sent into occupied France and transferred crucial messages to the Resistance. Johtje Vos, a Dutch housewife, hid Jews in her home and repeatedly outsmarted the Gestapo. Law student Hannie Schaft became involved in the most dangerous resistance work—sabotage, weapons transference, and assassinations. Soviet pilot Anna Yegorova flew missions against the Germans on the Eastern Front in an all-male regiment, eventually becoming a squadron leader. In these pages, young readers will meet these and many other similarly courageous women and girls who risked their lives to help defeat the Nazis.

Thirty-two engaging and suspense-filled stories unfold from across Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, the United States and, in this expanded edition, the Soviet Union, providing an inspiring reminder of women and girls' refusal to sit on the sidelines around the world and throughout history. 

An overview of World War II and summaries of each country’s entrance and involvement in the war provide a framework for better understanding each woman’s unique circumstances, and resources for further learning follow each profile. Women Heroes of World War II is an invaluable addition to any student's or history buff's bookshelf. 

Author Biography

Kathryn J. Atwood is the author of Women Heroes of World War II—Pacific TheaterWomen Heroes of World War I,and Courageous Women of the Vietnam War, as well as the editor of Code Name Pauline: Memoirs of a World War II Special Agent. Muriel Phillips Engelman, author of the memoir, Mission Accomplished: Stop the Clock, was commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II and was later promoted to 1st Lieutenant.

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