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Secret agent : the true story of the covert war against Hitler

Author: David Stafford
Publisher: Woodstock, N.Y. : Overlook Press, 2001.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In June 1940 Britain was driven from the continent by Hitler's conquering armies. As the British stared invasion in the face, a group of unconventional warriors planned a new form of warfare, and the Special Operations Executive was born. With a brief from Winston Churchill to "set Europe ablaze," this top-secret agency was given the dangerous task of coordinating subversion and sabotage against the enemy by all
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Stafford
ISBN: 1585671681 9781585671687
OCLC Number: 47056372
Description: 254 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm
Contents: 'Set Europe Ablaze' --
Kindling the Fire --
Tricks of the Trade --
Getting There --
A Burglar's Operation --
Keep the Flag of Freedom Flying --
Blowing up Bridges --
'These Heroic Men' --
Landing by Moonlight --
The Radio War --
Living on Air --
Balkan Inferno --
Fighting for France --
Behind the Lines --
Making Mayhem --
Dousing the Flames.
Responsibility: David Stafford.

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"In June 1940 Britain was driven from the continent by Hitler's conquering armies. As the British stared invasion in the face, a group of unconventional warriors planned a new form of warfare, and the Special Operations Executive was born. With a brief from Winston Churchill to "set Europe ablaze," this top-secret agency was given the dangerous task of coordinating subversion and sabotage against the enemy by all means necessary - using disguise, deception, bribery, explosives (sometimes disguised inside objects such as a dead rat or a chianti bottle), guerrilla warfare, and even assassination."

"The details of the men and women - many of them civilians with no qualifications or experience - who risked their lives to fight this secret war are recounted here. Through the personal reminiscences of these courageous individuals, Secret Agent reveals the covert world of the SOE: how the operatives were recruited; the daring operations they carried out; the radio and coding systems that kept them in touch with London; and the James Bond-style gadgets designed to help them carry out their missions. Breaking their long silence, these brave survivors finally tell their own stories in their own words."--Jacket.

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