Susan Travers was born in England in 1909. She grew up in the South of France, playing tennis and going to parties. She also became the only woman to ever serve in the French Foreign Legion.
Her autobiography, published when she was 90, details her experiences during the war. I read it several years ago and it has stuck with me. The descriptions of battle and conditions in North Africa were vivid.
The book was written with the help of Wendy Holden, and obviously some elements were probably polished or sidelined for readability. But the role of a woman in WWII battle experiences is particularly illuminating.
At the start of the war, Travers signed up as a nurse. Later she joined De Gaulle's Free French Forces. She went on to become the driver for a medical officer in the Foreign Legion. With the legion, she continued as a driver of variously cars, trucks and ambulances. She later served in the First Indochina War.
Her adventures are spiced up by her affairs, particularly with the men she served alongside. This made it awkward for her to tell her story; she waited until all the other characters had died before feeling free to publish it.