Also known as Nicole Minet, was young French Résistance fighter during the war. She had come from Chartres to help liberate the capital on August 19, 1944. Simone Segouin served in the Francs-Tireurs et Partisans group.
Her first mission was to steal a bicycle from a German military administrator. She succeeded, and the bike was re-sprayed so it could become Simone’s ‘reconnaissance vehicle’, allowing her to deliver messages and stake out targets.
Soon, after demonstrating her prowess in covert weapons training, she was allowed to take part in dangerous combat missions. She helped to derail a train, blow up bridges and even assist in the capturing of German troops in Thivars.
She was promoted to lieutenant and awarded the Croix de guerre. After the war, Segouin became a pediatric nurse.
Featured Image: The photo symbol of women’s involvement in the Resistance / Image: by John Topham, English social documentary photographer