It was on this day, June 6th, 1944 that the infamous D-day took place. Operation Overlord was the day that allied forces invaded the German army on the beaches of Normandy. And it was that brutal victory which became the turning point of WWII. But did you know that amidst the 150,000 soldiers was one stowaway female named Martha Gellhorn? Not having the right clearance to go, she hid in a ship's bathroom and disguised herself as a stretcher bearer, making her the only woman known to have been at the Normandy landings. As a journalist she spent her entire career following wars and reporting on them. Although a pacifist herself she found herself constantly amidst battles and conflict. For a brief period she was also wife to famous writer Ernest Hemingway. Rumors are that it didn't work out because he was looking for a "footnote" wife and she was more of a headliner. She continued writing about wars all over the world, including the U.S. invasion of Panama at the age of 79. Unfortunately after a bad cataract surgery she slowly began to go blind and tragically ended her life in 1998. In 2008 she was recognized by the US govt on a stamp for the American Journalist stamp series, the only woman to do so. This brave lady lived her life trying to show the real stories behind war and her daring acts are remembered and honored today. She's our #wowwoman and love sharing her story.
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