Three Ordinary Girls The Remarkable Story of Three Dutch Teenagers Who Became Spies, Saboteurs, Nazi Assassins–and WWII Heroes

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The astonishing true story of three fearless female resisters during WWII whose youth and innocence belied their extraordinary daring in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands. It also made them the underground’s most invaluable commodity. Recruited as teenagers, Hannie Schaft, and Dutch sisters Truus and Freddie Oversteegen fulfilled their harrowing missions as spies, saboteurs, and Nazi assassins with remarkable courage, but their stories have remained largely unknown…until now.

May 10, 1940. The Netherlands was swarming with Third Reich troops. In seven days it’s entirely occupied by Nazi Germany. Joining a small resistance cell in the Dutch city of Haarlem were three teenage girls: Hannie Schaft, and sisters Truus and Freddie Oversteegen who would soon band together to form a singular female underground squad.

Smart, fiercely political, devoted solely to the cause, and “with nothing to lose but their own lives,” Hannie, Truus, and Freddie took terrifying direct action against Nazi targets. That included sheltering fleeing Jews, political dissidents, and Dutch resisters. They sabotaged bridges and railways, and donned disguises to lead children from probable internment in concentration camps to safehouses. They covertly transported weapons and set military facilities ablaze. And they carried out the assassinations of German soldiers and traitors–on public streets and in private traps–with the courage of veteran guerilla fighters and the cunning of seasoned spies.

In telling this true story through the lens of a fearlessly unique trio of freedom fighters, Tim Brady offers a little-known perspective of the Dutch resistance during the war. Of lives under threat; of how these courageous young women became involved in the underground; and of how their dedication evolved into dangerous, life-threatening missions on behalf of Dutch patriots–regardless of the consequences.

Harrowing, emotional, and unforgettable, Three Ordinary Girls finally moves these three icons of resistance into the deserved forefront of world history.

Product details

  • Publisher

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    Citadel (February 23, 2021)
  • Language

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    English
  • Hardcover

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    304 pages
  • ISBN-10

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    0806540389
  • ISBN-13

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    978-0806540382
  • Item Weight

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    1 pounds
  • Dimensions

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    6.27 x 1.09 x 9.27 inches

SKU: 0806540389
Category:
Publisher ‏ : ‎

Citadel (February 23, 2021)

Language ‏ : ‎

English

Hardcover ‏ : ‎

304 pages

ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎

0806540389

ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎

978-0806540382

Item Weight ‏ : ‎

1 pounds

Dimensions ‏ : ‎

6.27 x 1.09 x 9.27 inches

Best Sellers Rank:

#85 in Women's Biographies

Customer Reviews:

2,210 ratings

Customer Reviews

1-5 of 10 reviews

  • connclpr

    I had problems with the Dutch and German words, but the story was very interesting and well researched. The bravery of these girls was amazing.

    December 25, 2022
  • Lani Van Voorden

    It is interesting how much was shoved deep into the carpets for the generations that came after this war. All with the best of intent and in the interest of “moving on”; I had an great Uncle-in-law who was deeply involved in the Dutch resistance, ended up in the ‘camps’ but I never understood what that was, really, or was encouraged to investigate it, until many many years later….when I read this book. So thank you so much for enriching my life!

    December 25, 2022
  • Kindle Customer

    This is a nonfiction portrayal of three World War II Dutch resisters. Two sisters and a university student become actively involved in resistance activities. It shows how and why young people become actively involved in freeing their country from the oppression, horror, and evils of Nazi Germany. This is a true account, not a novel based on true events. Highly recommend as the perspective is as real as it gets.

    December 25, 2022
  • grams

    Very to the point description of brave girls trying to save what the Nazi forces were destroying. Three very young women bravely found shelter for those being persecuted by the Nazi regime. They fought against those that took over their country, a fight that lasted for 5 years.

    December 25, 2022
  • S. Clothier

    I give this book five stars not because of the quality of the writing (it’s OK, but only that); but because of the heroism of its main characters. I would have disagreed strongly with their politics, having no interest in socialism or communism – but their courage cannot be doubted. That their honor was so long deferred because of their politics is its own injustice. Their story deserves to be told, and I’m glad it was.

    December 25, 2022
  • Ms. Hancock

    I truly, honestly, completely wish I could give this book more than 5 stars!!! I absolutely, I mean ABSOLUTELY, loved it!!! 😍

    December 25, 2022
  • FLAFarmer

    Great story about girls being awesome.

    December 25, 2022
  • Helena S.

    I enjoyed this historical recounting of the bravery shown by these young woman. If this happened today would people show this much courage.

    December 25, 2022
  • Gary L. Latshaw

    For me, there is too much detail to keep track of everything. But the book portrays the very difficult lives the Dutch had for five years while occupies by the nazis. The main characters complained of a lost childhood.

    December 25, 2022
  • Kindle Customer

    An interesting look into Dutch occupation by Germany during WWII, and three very brave teenage girls! With the exception of the British, most Americans have not been occupied by other countries. The book describes various Dutch factions, which would be very difficult, in some cases, to identify as friend or foe. It’s an amazing story of bravery and risk under thumb of Germany, and those who colluded with the occupiers! A very enlightening read!

    December 25, 2022

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