An outline history of the special operations executive 1940 - 46
'A fit testament to the bravery, selflessness and sacrifice of a magnificent group of people. ' Sunday Telegraph
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. Their job was to support and stimulate resistance behind enemy lines; their credentials fortitude, courage, immense patience and a devotion to freedom. The activity of the S. O. E. was world-wide. Abyssinian tribesmen, French farmers, exiled Russian grandees, coolies, smugglers, printers, policeman, telephonists, tycoons, prostitutes, rubber workers, railway men, peasants from the Pyrenees to the Balkans, even the regent of Siam - all had a part to play as saboteurs, informers, partisans or secret agents. In this engrossing and illuminating study, the eminent Second World War historian, M. R. D. Foot, sheds fresh light on the heroism of individual S. O. E. agents across the world and provides us with the definitive account of the Executive's crucial wartime work.
“It is impossible to imagine M.R.D. Foot's position as the pre-eminent historian of SOE ever being challenged”
“A fit testament to the bravery, selflessness and sacrifice of a magnificent group of people”