WWII: Amy Elizabeth Thorpe, whose code name was "Cynthia" and who later used the name Betty Pack, worked for the OSS in Vichy France. She was sometimes used as a "swallow" who would seduce the enemy to get secret information, and also participated in break-ins. One daring raid involved taking secret naval codes from a locked and guarded room and from a safe within this. She also infiltrated the Vichy French Embassy in Washington DC and took important code books.
c. 1910 Some women wore this. Some women did it to pass as men, to marry a woman, to own land, to own property, to get published, the oppression of women created a female subculture that is and was not all Lesbian by any means, though that was part of it. The female subculture is something I've never seen a book about. Still we are swept under the rug. A nice place to hide?
Disguised as a French woman under the name of Renée Fabre, Dora Benjamin worked at German official offices to gather important information for the Résistance. She also used her contacts to German soldiers to distribute leaflets and flyers against National Socialism. Dora Benjamin, whose parents and sisters were deported in 1942 and murdered in Lublin-Majdanek extermination camp, survived the end of the war in France.
Marie-Claude Vaillant-Couturier (1912-1996) was a member of the resistance until 1942 when she was arrested, and sent first to Birkenau on 24 Jan 1943, then Ravensbruck. Marie-Claude remained at Ravensbruck even after the war, caring for the sick until the last POW left. Her powerful testimony at Nuremberg was devastating to the defence. Afterward, she slowly walked past the Nazis, looked each one in the eye, effectively unnerving them. Most bowed their heads; others, unrepentant, did not.
"Mad Jack" Churchill, 09/16/1906 - 03/08/1996. In May 1940, Churchill and his unit, the Manchester Regiment, ambushed a German patrol near L'Epinette, France. Churchill gave the signal to attack by cutting down the enemy Feldwebel (sergeant) with his barbed arrows, becoming the only known British soldier to have felled an enemy with a longbow in the course of the war. Because it sounded dangerous he volunteered for the Commandos, unsure of what Commando Duty entailed. Churchill was second in…