Female War Heroes You Should Know

Women have always played an important role during wars and it is time we learn about some of the most important female war heroes. From Hannie Schaft who worked with resistance groups to Annie Fox who was responsible for treating the wounded, this list contains prominent female war heroes you should know.

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Also Known As: Noor-un-Nissa Inayat Khan, Nora Baker, Nora Inayat-Khan
Birthday: 01 January 1914
Born In: Moscow, Russia
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died On: 13 September 1944
Century: 20th Century
Famous As: Spy

Noor Inayat Khan was a British Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent who worked as a wireless operator. In June 1943, Khan was sent to occupied France from where she transmitted important information back to Britain. She was the first British female wireless operator to be sent to aid the French Resistance during the Second World War. Noor Inayat Khan was killed at the Dachau concentration camp after being caught by the Nazis.


2. Dahomey Amazons

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Born In: Benin
Century: 18th Century, 19th Century

Dahomey Amazons were an all-female military regiment that came into existence due to the high casualty rate of the male population in the Kingdom of Dahomey. The frequent warfare with neighboring states and the kingdom's obligation to give men as slaves to the Oyo Empire forced the kings of Dahomey to enlist women into the army. The Dahomey women soldiers often fought in the wars against Abeokuta.


3. Aleda E. Lutz

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Also Known As: Aleda Ester Lutz
Birthday: 09 November 1915
Born In: Freeland, Michigan, United States
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died On: 01 November 1944
Century: 20th Century
Famous As: Nurse, Military personnel
Aleda E. Lutz was an American flight nurse in the United States Army. Lutz became the first American woman to lose her life in combat during the Second World War. One of the most decorated women in U.S. military history, Lutz was honored with the Air Medal, the Purple Heart, and the Red Cross Medal. She also became the first army nurse to be honored with the prestigious Distinguished Flying Cross, which was awarded posthumously by President F

4. Violette Szabo

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Also Known As: Violette Reine Elizabeth Szabo
Birthday: 26 June 1921
Born In: Paris, France
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died On: 05 February 1945
Century: 20th Century
Famous As: Former Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent during the Second World War
Violette Szabo served the British Army during World War II where she was a Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent. Szabo was sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp after she was arrested by the German army during her second mission in occupied France. Szabo was tortured, interrogated, and finally executed by an SS officer. On 17 December 1946, Violette Szabo became the second woman in the history to be honored with the George Cross, which was bestowed posthumously.

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Also Known As: Nancy Grace Augusta Wake
Birthday: 30 August 1912
Born In: Wellington, New Zealand
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died On: 07 August 2011
Century: 20th Century, 21st Century
Famous As: Journalist

Nancy Wake was a journalist and nurse who became part of the French Resistance when the Nazis invaded France during the Second World War. She later escaped to the United Kingdom and joined the Special Operations Executive (SOE) where she received paratrooper and weapons training. She then returned to France and continued fighting the Nazis. She was the recipient of several prestigious awards like the George Medal from the UK and the Medal of Freedom