The grounds of war were never a place for anything or anyone delicate and beautiful because they would surely be ruined and destroyed by the harsh nature of the battles. For Simone Segouin, who was described as “one of the purest fighters of heroic French Resistance who prepared the way for the Liberation,” being part of the French resistance was something that she never regretted doing, even when the battlegrounds were never meant to be a place for a young lady like her at that time.

Being Recruited to the Resistance

Simone Segouin grew up in Chartres, France, alongside her three brothers. She stopped attending school at the age of 14 and instead worked on their family farm when the Germans occupied France. Unbeknownst to her, she would instead learn how to wield machine guns, kill and capture Nazis, and liberate her hometown while barely being an adult.

Her involvement with the Francs-Tireurs et Partisans (Free-shooters and Partisans, or FTP) began when she met Lieutenant Roland Boursier, an ex-engineer recruiting brave youths to join the resistance. Boursier joined the communist resistance group to fight against fascism, and he became a high-ranking chief. Later on, he decided to retreat to the countryside, and that was where he met Segouin. He later on said,

I studied her for a while to see what were her feelings. When I discovered she had French feelings I told her little by little about the work I was doing. I asked her if she would be scared to do such work. She said, ‘No. It would please me to kill Boche (German soldiers.)’