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Operations Most Secret .. SOE: The Malayan Theatre [Hardcover]

Ian Trenowden , Mark Trenowden

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  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Crecy Publishing; Revised edition (19 May 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0947554432
  • ISBN-13: 978-0947554439
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,631,829 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ian Trenowden, born in 1931 spent his childhood between Surrey and St Ives, Cornwall, before heading off to boarding school in Canterbury. He was a Chartered Architect whose spare time interests included sketching, travel, languages, private flying and the History of WWII. He died in September 2012.

Towards the end of February Ian's first novel should be available : Baker Street Connection, A Double Agent in Baker Street SOE, London, 1943

Notes on Baker Street Connection:

Professor M. R. D. Foot - SOE's (Special Operations Executive) Official Historian - is adamant that no evidence that points to the existence of a German Connection, at Baker Street; French former agents of the Sicherheitsdienst (the intelligence agency of the SS), speaking literally in the shadow of the guillotine, denied that they had ever heard of such a thing. Never the less a high-ranking Gestapo official is on record as having said:

'What a pity we haven't got somebody at SOE's London HQ. We must try to get somebody there.'

Whilst this story does not pretend to be other than fiction, it is an established fact that Squadron Leader Hugh Verity air-lifted Henri Dericourt (the real life 'Gilbert') from a field not far from Le Mans - the night before the date of Operation 'Confiseur'. Although Dericourt returned to France, in May 1943, and found other fields for SOE - many not far south of the Loire - the Le Mans field was never used again throughout the war. This change of venue lends coincidental currency to the notion that the 'Cygnet' pick-up operation compromised the Le Mans field beyond further use . . .

List of Special Forces Personnel I have had the privilege to meet and discuss their wartime experiences

Professor M.R.D.Foot Served SAS, was POW camp escaper
Maurice Buckmaster Head of F Section SOE
Ben Cowburn SOE Field Operative
Captain L.W.A.Bennington Ace Submarine Commander
Hugh Verity Lysander Pilot
Bob Large Lysander Pilot
Colin Mackenzie Head of Force 136 SOE
Faith Spencer Chapman SOE Ceylon HQ
Lord Mountbatten of Burma
Sir Claude Fenner SOE Field Operative
Sir Hew Hodges Lysander Pilot
John Davis SOE Field Operative
Richard Broome SOE Field Operative
Christopher Hudson Head of Force 136 Group B

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A look at the Malayan theatre of operations of the Special Operations Executive during the years 1942-1945. Traces the evolution of the local SOE HQ from a single desk in London to the independent Ceylon HQ which put 400 British officers and other ranks into Japanese occupied territory.

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4.0 out of 5 stars SOE in the Far East 28 Jun 2013
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This book deserves praise given that it covers a rather neglected subject, at least up to the date when it was first published. It may fall a bit short of the mark compared with more up-to-date works, but can still hold its own.

The missing star belongs to a certain slowness in the beginning, and a tad too much coverage of the "submarine" part of many operations, but, overall, first paragraph says it all.
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