- 06-06-2012, 14:26 #1
Any recommandation for books on the Special Operations Executive ?
It's all in the title...which ones would you recommend on the mass of books available on the subject ? Any book by MRD Foot to start with ?
- 06-06-2012, 14:35 #2
- 06-06-2012, 14:40 #3
Anything by MRD Foot is good IMHO - try 'SOE in France' part of the Official History.The stopped clock of The Belfast Telegraph seems to indicate the
Of the explosion - or was that last week's? Difficult to keep
Everything's a bit askew, like the twisted pickets of the
security gate, the wreaths,
That approximate the spot where I'm told the night patrol
'Gate' by Ciaran Carson
- 06-06-2012, 14:42 #4Mr_TiggerGuest
MRD Foot (1999) SOE: An Outline History of the Special Operations Executive. Third Edition. London:Pimlico
Truly excellent. Available here: [url]http://www.amazon.co.uk/SOE-Outline-History-Operations-Executive/dp/0712665854/ref=tag_stp_s2_edpp_url[/url] It seems to be available in most branches of Waterstones at most times. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
- 06-06-2012, 20:17 #5
- Join Date
- May 2004
"A Quiet Courage" by Liane Jones
"Women who lived for danger" by Marcus Binney
FANY (PRVC) - Princess Royal's Volunteer Corps - Bibliography any off this list
"My war in SOE" by Harry Verlander
"Secret Agent" by David Stafford
"Gubbins and SOE" by Peter Wilkinson and Joan Bright Astley
"Churchill's Secret Agent" by Josephine Butler
is there a particular area you are interested in?Life should NOT be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in an attractive and well preserved body, but rather to skid in sideways, ( camel blue in one hand - need a new one here as I stopped smoking on 30th December...................), wine in the other, body thoroughly used up, totally worn out and screaming WOW!!! WHAT A RIDE !!!!!!!!!!!
- 06-06-2012, 21:10 #6
To answer your question, yes, I would be more interested by the Op carried out in France (F and RF sections).
For those who are interested in SOE history, a French publishing company has started a series of books on SOE equipment. The first was released last year (radio equipment) and the next should be coming out pretty soon I reckon.
- 06-06-2012, 22:13 #7
- Join Date
- Jan 2010
I think its now out of print, but 'Resistance: European Resistance to Nazism:- 1940-1945' by MRD Foot is a good read. It covers techniques, personalities and results.
- 06-06-2012, 23:27 #8
- Join Date
- Jun 2004
A Life in Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Missing Agents of WWII
by Sarah Helm
Turncoat: The Strange Case of British Sergeant Harold Cole, the Worst Traitor of the War
by Brendan MurphyLook at an infantryman's eyes and you can tell how much war he has seen.
- Bill Mauldin
- 07-06-2012, 10:39 #9
Leo Marks' book, "Between Silk and Cyanide", is well worth reading.Stonehenge! Duty Druid speaking, Sir!
This is Colonel Smith. Druid Jones, please.
Sorry, Sir. Druid Jones is off conducting a Bar Mitzvah.
Can druids do that?
We just have to remember the difference between a circumcision and a castration, Sir.
- 07-06-2012, 11:12 #10
- Join Date
- May 2007
- 60 Degrees North
Probably not what you're looking for but if you want a good read about some amazing men (Norwegian and sort of attached to SOE) then read 'The Shetland Bus' by David Howarth.
Leif Larsen was one of the skippers on the Shetland Bus operations and ended up as the most highly decorated allied naval officer of WW2 (DSO, DSC, CGM, DSM & Bar plus Norwegian gallantry medals)
Leif Larsen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediahttp://i265.photobucket.com/albums/i...anner502re.jpg
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