The True Story of the Special Operations Executive
by David Stafford
Pub Date 17 Aug 2017
In June 1940 Britain and her allies were driven off the continent by the German Army and with it lost any chance of fighting the Germans in Europe. With democracy on its knees and invasion imminent Britain needed a new style of warfare, and a new organisation to wage it... And so the Special Operations Executive was created.
With a brief from Winston Churchill to 'go, set Europe ablaze', the SOE's job was to co-ordinate subversive and sabotage activity against the enemy by any means necessary, using explosives, guerrilla warfare, even cold-blooded murder. In short, to aid the war effort by any secret and underhand methods possible.
This book introduces us to the people who fought this secret war: men like Monty Woodhouse who was parachuted into occupied Greece and, with the help of rival resistance groups, successfully destroyed an essential supply route for the Germans. It explores the recruitment of new operatives, the network of people and codes used to send information back and forth across the channel, and the James Bond-style gadgets that were designed to help them carry out their sabotage operations. It also touches on the torture and death suffered by those operatives unable to evade capture by the Gestapo.
More than just a war-time thriller, Secret Agent presents the true story of the secret war fought in occupied Europe.
‘A superior example of the genre.’
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