Via Dave Gibbons on twitter, all the issues of the breathtaking llustration Magazine are available for viewing online (through some pdf flash thing)
Nancy Wake was the Allies’ most decorated servicewoman of WWII, and the Gestapo’s most-wanted person. They code-named her ‘The White Mouse’ because of her ability to elude capture
In late April 1944, Nancy Wake and another SOE operative, Major John Farmer, were parachuted into the Auvergne region in central France with orders to locate and organise the bands of Maquis, establish ammunition and arms caches from the nightly parachute drops, and arrange wireless communication with England. Their mission was to organise the Resistance in preparation for the D-Day invasion. The Resistance movement’s principal objective was to weaken the German army for a major attack by allied troops. Their targets were German installations, convoys and troops. When dropped over Auvergne Nancy’s parachute became stuck in a tree. Her agent said he hoped all trees could bear such beautiful fruit. Nancy told him not to give her ‘that French shit’.
[via the Strategiest blog, found on an image search]
[ via ECTOPLASMOSIS] – Sidney Sime is best known for illustrating Lord Dunsany’s work, and was much admired by H.P. Lovecraft; here are some great images of his artwork, mostly for Dunsany stories (note the Beardsley influence). The picture above is from an out of copyright book called Fancy Free, available online at archive.org thanks to Microsoft’s scanning project and the University of California libraries.