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UK: Edith Louisa Cavell (1865 – 1915) was a British nurse and patriot. She is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers from all sides without distinction and in helping some 200 Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium during World War I, for which she was arrested. She was subsequently court-martialled, found guilty of treason and sentenced to death. Women we admire; influential women in history #Lottie dolls #herstory

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Hannah Szenes. Trained by the British army to parachute into Yugoslavia during the Second World War in order to help save the Jews of Hungary, who were about to be deported to the German death camp at Auschwitz. Arrested at the border, imprisoned and tortured, but she refused to reveal details of her mission. Eventually tried and executed by firing squad.Palestinian Jew widely regarded as one of Israel's national heroes.

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from Mail Online

Gordon Brown: The heroine who humbled me

WWI nurse, Edith Cavell is one mighty brave and strong woman...it's no wonder why they've named a mountain after her in Canada.

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from Swungover*

The Story of Mata Hari

Mata Hari at the height of her fame as a Parisian exotic dancer.

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Edith Louisa Cavell 1865 – 1915. Trained as a Registered Nurse and called on to care for wounded soldiers in WWI, Edith impressed upon fellow nurses the need to care for patients, irrespective of their nationality. Edith was responsible for the escape to neutral territory of over 200 Allied soldiers until her arrest in 1915. When interrogated she acknowledged her role in the escape system and, despite efforts by neutral officials, she was executed by firing squad on 12th October 1915.

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Violette Szabo. Died at the age of 23 having been a member of the Special Operations Executive in WW2, captured,tortured and executed by the Gestapo. Awarded the George Cross posthumously.

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Mata Hari was a Dutch exotic dancer, courtesan, and accused spy who was executed by firing squad in France under charges of espionage for Germany during World War I. The idea of an exotic dancer working as a lethal double agent using her powers of seduction to extract military secrets from her many lovers made Mata Hari an enduring archetype of the femme fatale. Photo taken in 1906.

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Mata Hari Born: August 7, 1876 Died: October 15, 1917 Briefly Exotic dancer and courtesan who was executed by firing squad for espionage during World War I. ~B&W Photography~

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