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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.
About the Author
Kathryn J. Atwood is the author of Women Heroes of World War II—Pacific Theater, Women 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.
"Inspiring accounts of the lives of women—some of them still in their teens—whose courage made a difference in the dark days of World War II." —Rita Kramer, author of Flames in the Field: The Story of Four SOE Agents in Occupied France
"Each story has been meticulously researched....This great read for students who like adventure or are researching World War II." —VOYA
"A must read for anyone who has ever asked themselves: 'What can I do? Can one person really make a difference?'" —Kenneth Koskodan, author of No Greater Ally: The Untold Story of Poland's Forces in World War II
"Adds a vital dimension to more traditional titles on the war. It will appeal to browsers seeking adventure tales white also enriching classes in history and women's studies, and units on war and peace....Recommended." —Library Media Connection
"Atwood's admiration and enthusiasm for her subjects is apparent in these engaging profiles, and readers will likely be inspired to investigate these fascinating women further." —Kirkus Reviews
"Those in Women Heroes of World War II surely played a major role in turning the tide of the war in the Allies’ favor. Kathryn Atwood’s book will be a wonderful inspiration to girls and women."
—Judith Pearson, author of The Wolves at the Door: The True Story of America’s Greatest Female Spy
"[Women Heroes of World War II] tells the compelling story of volunteering and humanitarianism in a world focused mainly on the heroism of men."—MetroKids
"A well-written collection." —World WarII Magazine
“Kathryn Atwood’s finely detailed and fast-paced writing, interwoven with the essential facts of the conflict in the Pacific, makes for fascinating reading and provides a much needed perspective on World War II. Before the bombing of Pearl Harbor through the long years of Japanese occupation, women bravely stood with the victims of war and thwarted the enemy. Finally, their stories are told.” —Mary Cronk Farrell, author of Pure Grit: How American World War II Nurses Survived Battle and Prison Camp in the Pacific
“Kathryn Atwood presents refreshing perspective into the horrors of the Pacific War through the forgotten stories of heroines who have mostly been lost in the vast historiography of World War II.” —Jenny Chan, director, Pacific Atrocities Education