This news probably doesn't mean a lot to many people, as the largest % of the WW2 generation are all gone. However, with the death of Nancy Wake, just a few days short of her 99th birthday, thereby passes one of the greatest heroines that WW2 produced.
I don't think that anyone could total up the value of Nancy Wakes selfless and courageous work... not in the amount of lives she saved... nor in the benefit of her work in shortening the War.
The Gestapo never caught her, no matter how many times they tried. They captured her husband, and later tortured him to death, but still never succeeded in breaking her resolve and her courage.
This was a woman who organised and led saboteur work in league with the French Resistance men... who organised for the hiding of downed Allied airmen, and their safe repatriation.
She once rode a bicycle 500 miles through the war-torn countryside of Europe, as a courier, to replace radio codes that a resistance fighter had to destroy after a German raid... and waltzed right past the Nazi checkpoints and the Gestapo, defeating and avoiding them every time.
Nancy Wake, I salute you and your actions... you have earned your rest, with an outstanding life, well-lived. RIP.
Heroine Wake a 'role model for courage' - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
NANCY WAKE - The White Mouse