Secret Agent: The True Story Of The Special Operations Executive

David A. T. Stafford


Secret Agent: The True Story Of The Special Operations Executive

Secret Agent: The True Story Of The Special Operations Executive

  • Title: Secret Agent: The True Story Of The Special Operations Executive
  • Author: David A. T. Stafford
  • ISBN: 9780563537342
  • Page: 202
  • Format: Hardcover



The job of the Special Operations Executive during World War II was to co ordinate subversive and sabotage activity against the enemy by any means necessary This is an account of the secret war these men fought in occupied Europe, including details of their recruitment.


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I express my gratitude to Net galley for providing me a copy for reading and review of this fantastic treasure trove of information on SOE (Special Operations Executive) brought into by the then England Prime Minister Winston Churchill in 1940, the main aims of SOE is to intent on sabotage and subversion behind enemy lines, to spark revolt, and undermine Hitler's Europe from within, prevent enemy reinforcements reaching the beachhead by road, rail and air, the disruption of enemy signals communi [...]

A very readable overview of the breadth of SOE’s wartime activities; mirroring as it does the BBC series of the same name (broadcast in 2000). No sooner that the why and how for which SOE was set up is described, by chapter 3 the author is diving into the detail of Britain's wartime Secret Service: from plasterers employed to make lumps of ‘coal’ which could be packed with plastic explosive; to the manufacture (forgery) of German ration cards, birth certificates and foreign workers passes. [...]

Military necessity is the mother of invention and the Special Operations Executive (SOE), dedicated to intelligence gathering, sabotage, subversion and the creation and support of armed resistance movements in German- (and later Japanese) occupied countries, was brought into being by Churchill in July 1940, when there seemed little way of carrying the war to Germany, after the Fall of France, other than by bombing, which was notoriously imprecise.However, just as debate rages regarding the effic [...]

Britain was needing help in the early days of WWII. They put together the SOE and made do with what they could find to get the job done. Brave men and women worked not only as spies but to get the equipment needed together for the spies to be successful. This book tells the story of the individuals who worked to get things going. Hard for us in this day and age to realize what the beginning was like.


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