Monthly Talk 5th August

THE LEGEND OF THE WHITE MOUSE, THE NANCY WAKE STORY. A TRULY REMARKABLE SPY.

SPEAKER: Paul Barwick

Australian journalist Nancy Wake had it all. Intelligent, beautiful, and married to a wealthy French industrialist, living in grand style in the South of France. But in June 1940 when the Nazi war machine rolled into France, Nancy knew she had to fight back.

Her pre-war assignments as a European correspondent bore witness to the rise of the Nazi party and she was determined to do all she could to fight the brutality of Hitler’s regime.

Our talk describes the part she played, running escape routes, assisting the resistance, and being a general menace to the Gestapo, who nicknamed her ‘The White Mouse’. We look at her amazing life and how she found the peace much harder to win.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER

Paul Barwick spent 34 years in the Police Service in many different roles and responsibilities both in plain clothes and uniform. He spent many years in police intelligence, focused on organised criminal networks and crimes of violence. In 2014 he acquired a national role in counter terrorism.

He retired in 2019, and set up a Central London walking tour company focused on London’s rich history of espionage incidents and characters.