Women Heroes of World War II

Women Heroes of World War IIWomen Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and RescueWomen Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue (Women of Action) by Kathryn Atwood by Kathryn J. Atwood

Like Women’s History? Enjoy biographical sketches? Fascinated by World War II? If any of those sound like you, Women Heroes of World War IIWomen Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue (Women of Action) by Kathryn J Atwood is a book you should try.

Atwood has assembled brief accounts of twenty six women from eight countries and their efforts to defeat the Nazis. The entries are just enough to whet your appetite to learn more about each woman profiled, and a bibliography is thankfully included.

Coincidentially, I started this book shortly after finishing Code Name Pauline, and the books not only share an author, but Pearl’s story that is told more completely in Code Name Pauline is also one of the entries in this book.

As much as I enjoyed this book, I was very excited to learn that the author has a new book coming out later this year with a very similar theme – Women Heroes of World War I: 16 Remarkable Resisters, Soldiers, Spies, and Medics.

Publisher’s Description:
Noor Inayat Khan was the first female radio operator sent into occupied France and transferred crucial messages. 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. 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.

Twenty-six engaging and suspense-filled stories unfold from across Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, France, Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain, and the United States, 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.

Book Details

Title: Women Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and RescueWomen Heroes of World War II: 26 Stories of Espionage, Sabotage, Resistance, and Rescue (Women of Action) by Kathryn Atwood
Author: Kathryn J. Atwood
Category: Nonfiction / Biographies / World War II
My Rating: 4 Stars

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Comments

  1. I found these stories to be very inspiring, and just ordered one of the books from the bibliography from the library.

    • Let me know what you think of the one from the bibliography? There are so many that she listed that sounded interesting, but I’m not sure if I have the reading time/interest to read all of them.

      • Jusr finished “Wolves at the Door” by Judith Pearson. It was about Virginia Hall, the spy mentioned who had the artificial leg. Her story is absolutely unbelievable…her courage blows me away. The writing near the end of the book was a little hard to get through, but the material is so good, I didn’t care too much. I saw on Amazon that this has been optioned for a movie but have never seen anything else about it. I am anxious to read more from the bibliography from Women Heroes.

        • That’s one of the ones from the bibliography that I’d already read! Such an incredible story and woman.

  2. I think my daughter would like this book for her WWII study in a couple of months. (We’re home schoolers.) Especially since she just did a paper on the suffragette movement. Thanks.

    • I think this would be a good introductory kind of source – just enough background information, plus some more details for some individuals, and then the bibliography pointing her to extra sources if she wants still more specifics.

  3. I’m excited about the new book. Spies! Yes please. 🙂

    • I know! I’m super excited about it, mostly because I’ve comparatively read so so many books relating to WWII, and so few about WWI.

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