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  • Published: 18 May 2015
  • ISBN: 9781845952280
  • Imprint: Pimlico
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $32.99

Behind The Lines

The Oral History of Special Operations in World War II




This is the story of Special Operations in World War Two as it has never been told before - directly by those who took part.

Compiled from interviews, diaries, letters and contemporaneous first-person accounts - many never before published - this oral history follows the adventures of the courageous men and women who volunteered for service with Britain's Special Operations Executives and the United States' Office of Strategic Services. They parachuted behind enemy lines, often alone, with orders to cause mayhem. Arrest almost always resulted in torture and emprisonment; sometimes in execution. In occupied France, equipped with false identities, they played a deadly game of cat and mouse with the Gestapo; in the Balkans they discovered that the fiery politics of the region were as dangerous as the enemy; in the Burmese jungle they led native marauders in surprise attacks against the Japanese. Supported by a team of back-room boffins who dreamed up ingenious devices like exploding rats and invisible ink, the special agents of World War Two really were a breed apart. This is their extraordinary story, in their own words.

  • Pub date: 18 May 2015
  • ISBN: 9781845952280
  • Imprint: Pimlico
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $32.99

About the Author

Russell Miller

Born in East London, Russell Miller began his career in journalism at the age of 16. While under contract to the Sunday Times magazine, he won four press awards and was voted Writer of the Year by the Society of British Magazine Editors. He is the author of eleven previous books, including the widely acclaimed Nothing Less than Victory, the acclaimed history of the legendary Magnum photo agency Magnum: Fifty Years at the Frontline of History and Codename Tricycle: The True Story of the Second World War's Most Extraordinary Double Agent.

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