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Published by Frank Cass & Co .
Written in English


  • Military intelligence,
  • Military Science,
  • Political Freedom & Security - International Secur,
  • Intelligence Operations,
  • Political Science,
  • Politics/International Relations

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Edition Notes

ContributionsM. R. D. Foot (Editor)
The Physical Object
Number of Pages400
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL11251744M
ISBN 100714650137
ISBN 109780714650135

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by. William MacKenzie, M.R.D. Foot (Introduction) Rating details 12 ratings 1 review. At the end of World War II, Britain's Cabinet Office commissioned an eminent academic, Professor William Mackenzie, to undertake a comprehensive secret history of Special Operations Executive/5. The Secret History of SOE: Special Operations Executive Mackenzie, William Published by Little, Brown Book Group, London, United Kingdom ().   SOE, the Special Operations Executive, was a small, tough British secret service, a dirty tricks department, set up in July Recruited from remarkably diverse callings, the men and women who were members of this most secret agency in the Second World War lived in great and constant danger.4/5. WJM Mackenzie's "in‐house" official history of SOE, completed in Arguably the single most important reference work on SOE in Europe, and a strong influence on Foot's SOE in France(see above). Long out of print, however (a copy of the original typed manuscript is .

This is a story of SOE operating in France and a brief description of the 30 or so female operatives involved. My criticisms of the book are two. 1. This book was written apparently by a British author. As such, he writes in a way that it is often very difficult to tell what exactly he is saying/5(). SOE The Special Operations Executive reads just as well now as it did when it was first published by the BBC in to coincide with a television series--not least because its author, M.R.D Foot, was appointed the official historian to the SOE just after World War Two and has had access to its entire archive. The SOE was hastily cobbled together in to wage subversive campaigns behind Reviews:   The book explains on how the SOE developed, how they trained their agents and how they organised partisan resistance in the fields. The author provides a very unbiased and unromanticised account on the most seeming glamorous and adventurous part of the british war s: 5. SOE in France contains an interesting and authentic (as opposed to Inside SOE's rather garbled) description of the origins of SOE, its establishment as a separate agency of the British government under the Minister of Economic Warfare, and its relations with the Prime Minister 1 and the military chiefs of staff. Both books include commentary on.

About this Item: Faber & Faber London , 1st edition dust jacket As New 8vo. viii + pp., b/w plates, map, notes, bibliog., index, 'The official history of the war waged by Britain's Special Operations Executive on Benito Mussolini's Fascist Italy. Looks at SOE's clandestine efforts to strike at Italy and sever its alliance with Nazi Germany, uncovering missions as remarkable as a plot to assassinate . A highly significant tribute to the man entrusted with writing the official record of the Special Operations Executive. He authored first () the History of SOE in France and twenty years later the highly sensitive accounts of SOE operations in Belgium and Holland (which the Germans infiltrated with disastrous results). SOE In France An Official Account of the Special Operations Executive's French Circuits (Hardback) by Robert Bourne-Paterson (Frontline Books, September ). An contemporary appreciation of F Section's work in France, written by one of its senior officers. This is a reproduction of the report held at the National Archives. The Special Operations Executive (SOE) was a secret British World War II organisation. It was officially formed on 22 July under Minister of Economic Warfare Hugh Dalton, from the amalgamation of three existing secret purpose was to conduct espionage, sabotage and reconnaissance in occupied Europe (and later, also in occupied Southeast Asia) against the Axis powers, and Notable commanders: Frank Nelson, Charles Jocelyn .