WW II real life character to mine (female spy)

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WW II real life character to mine (female spy)

Post by Shannon Mac » Tue Dec 09, 2014 6:16 am

This has been going around on the Internet lately. A grandmother type is being honored by the French for what she did during WWII as she was a spy in occupied France.

Possible inspiration for WWII settings?

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/history/worl ... roine.html
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Post by Timon » Thu Dec 11, 2014 11:24 am

Cool, I'm always up for more of the greatest generation getting recognized, and their real life exploits always seem more amazing than fiction to me.
I live in what was and still in a lot of ways is a retirement home hotspot and have thus ended up meeting an amazing number of amazing people.
Commandos, vets from the beaches, SOE operatives, and a codebreaker from Bletchley.
She's probably the one I've had the most opportunity to talk to and is utterly fascinating.
She solved a string of sabotages at the factory she was working in and through that ended up being recruited into the intelligence services.
Was there when Churchill did one of his inspections/impromptu speeches, knew Turing, and Eddie Chapman made a pass at her.
Her grandson did a short article on her, http://www.westerlynews.ca/local-news/o ... k-1.690466
Which really misses some of the best parts of her story.
I don't want to hijack the thread, though I would think it would be cool for people to post any lesser known WWII participants as a character resource though.
Just a thought.

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Re: WW II real life character to mine (female spy)

Post by Koakai » Thu Dec 11, 2014 9:49 pm

Oh darn, now I am cursing that I lost the link to the story that I read about the openly gay Dutchman that led his own resistance cell.

Here is the wikipedia article on him.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willem_Arondeus
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Post by Shannon Mac » Fri Dec 12, 2014 10:02 am

Good stuff.


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Re: WW II real life character to mine (female spy)

Post by Timon » Fri Dec 12, 2014 11:53 pm

OK, wow I'm slow, normally I talk about this guy incessantly. Yet it takes me a day to remember his name.
http://www.ccmms.ca/veteran-stories/air ... uglas-sam/
http://www.theotaku.com/worlds/someguy_ ... 8-1989%29/
Doug Sam was and is one of the biggest bad-asses to come from my hometown
Neither of the above articles mention his role in taking down the "Five Dragons," corrupt officials in Hong-Kong who, like a large portion of the Hong-Kong underworld, had connections in BC. If I ever do anything involving Delta Green I'm going to find a way to put Doug Sam in, because he's awesome.

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