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Parisian-rebel Simone Segouin, also known by her nom de guerre “Nicole”, with a German submachine gun MP-40. She killed an unknown number of Germans and captured 25. She was present at the fall of Chartres, on August 23, 1944, and liberation of Paris. She was promoted to lieutenant, and awarded the Croix de guerre.

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La Résistance française ~ The Maquis - Guerrilla Warfare. The French Resistance played a vital part in aiding the Allies to success in Western Europe - especially leading up to D-Day in June 1944. The French Resistance supplied the Allies with vital intelligence reports as well as doing a huge amount of work to disrupt the German supply and communication lines within France. ~ No glorification, no heroism, just history. by Amsterdam Today via flickr

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Another hero of the French Resistance during World War II and decorated for saving the lives of U.S. soldiers shot down behind enemy lines was Micheline Blum-Picard. Only eighteen-years-old when she first became involved in the Resistance, Blum-Picard started by carrying messages taped to her back and then progressed to photographing inside factories damaged by bombing raids By D-Day, however, she was carrying a rifle, a pistol, and a hand grenade wherever she went.

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Nancy Wake - Known as "The White Mouse" to Nazi agents, Wake was working on numerous sabotage operations and organizing more than 700 Resistance members into a guerilla fighting force. She was the Gestapo's most wanted spy, with a five-million-franc bounty on her head, and she once killed an SS sentry with her bare hands to prevent him from raising an alarm.

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Female members of the French Resistance celebrate the liberation of Marseille by French and US forces, August 1944

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