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SOE Agent: Churchill's Secret Warriors (Warrior) [Paperback]

Terry Crowdy , Steve Noon
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10 Nov 2008 Warrior (Book 133)
On average a Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent would be dead within three months of being parachuted into action. Terry Crowdy tells the extraordinary story of these agents, some of whom were women as young as 22, following them through their experiences beginning with their recruitment and their unorthodox training methods, which included hand-to-hand combat and parachuting. Packed with photographs and full-colour artwork, this book recounts the incredible combat missions of the SOE agents from their role in the attacks on a heavy water plant in Norway, to operations in the field with Yugoslav and Greek partisans, as well as sabotage missions ranging from blowing up bridges to the raising of full-scale partisan armies as they attempted to fulfill Churchill's directive to set occupied Europe ablaze.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Osprey (10 Nov 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846032768
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846032769
  • Product Dimensions: 24.7 x 18.5 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 94,307 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Terry Crowdy is the author of a number of books on the French armed forces during the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars. His latest book 'Incomparable' tells the story of Napoleon's 9th Light Infantry Regiment.

He has also written on a number of 'Secret War' topics including The Enemy Within (2006), and Deceiving Hitler (2008) and edited the memoirs of Donald Dean VC, a Kentish hero who fought in both world wars.

Terry Crowdy is a safety adviser for Historic Royal Palaces, the independent charity which manages the Tower of London, Hampton Court Palace, Kensington and several other former royal residences.

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"SOE Agent: Churchill's Secret Warriors is a wonderful book documenting the selection and preparation of Special Operations Executive personnel for field work. It is also a great complement to other books on the topic of actual SOE missions all around Europe, as it provides clues on why agents conducted their missions in the manners they did." -C Peter Chen, "World War II Database "(January 2009)
"This book tells how [agents] were recruited, how they were trained, how they were clothed, the weapons that they used, and the tactics they used. It tells of life behind the lines and the stories of many who survived the war, either by returning to the UK or in German concentration camps. These people were frequently not wearing uniforms so were treated as spies when caught. It also tells of the considerable in-fighting between various branches of the British government over who would control these assets. This is all enhanced by a superb choice of photographs as well as the artwork of ill

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5.0 out of 5 stars New Osprey classic, superb 1 Dec 2008
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Osprey managed to produce a good one again. First for a long time.
They often fail to deliver in foreign subjects due to minimalist or no research, it being a British subject they made wonderful use of pictures and document materials for this one.
Takes you through recruitment, training schools and their syllabus, with short looks at two SOE operations.
Interesting even for someone well versed in WW2 spec ops.
Osprey classic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent outline 15 Feb 2014
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This book provides a clear & consise explanation of the recruitment and training of an SOE agent. It takes you through from their initial selection, various stages & types of training, field skills and finishing school, through to life in the field. It is full of information and gives a great insight into the role of an SOE agent. A good starter book for those interested in this subject but quite expensive considering there are only 64 pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SOE Agent: Churchill's Secret Warriors 5 Mar 2012
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A good book for those interested in World War II/military and the Special Operations Executive (SOE). It describes a lot of what the agents/spys had to go through both in training and in operations; as uniquely they had no standard military support/were on their own. It also covers a lot about the female agents (most if not all unlike many men weren't in the military or if they were, had no previous weapons training) and it was the only combat "job" with the same risks that women could do that was exactly the same as the men. If you like this sort of book I would also highly recommended renting the DVD for "Female Agents" which stars Sophie Marceau. Highly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good start 5 Jan 2012
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SOE Agent, Special Operations Europe, Osprey Books has written a good start for someone interested in the Resistance movements in Europe during the Second World War but this is not the best that they could have done. The book skims over training and equipment development,SOE Equipment Branch was the basis for Ian Fleming "Q" Department, and spends to much time on operations something that many books have covered before this would have been better as a two part book. If you get it for anything get it for it's great Bibliography.
5.0 out of 5 stars SOE Agent: Churchill's Secret Warriors by Terry Crowdy 14 Jan 2013
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I have been intrigued by books about women spies of WW II. Churchill's instructions to the SOE was to "set the world ablaze". The SOE did just that by recruiting not only men, but women to train as spies. The SOE in England employed more women spies than other countries. The US had two women citizens serving in the SOE. Virginia Hall was called "The Limping Lady" by the Germans and had a huge price on her head. She worked for the CIA after the war until she retired. The average life span of a spy for the SOE was 3 months. The fact that these women were training in hand to hand combat, fire arms, and other measures were unbelievable for that period of time, especially since women did not work out of the home. However, WW II changed everything. There was tremendous danger in being a spy. Several made it to the end of the war, but several others were killed by the Germans. This is an exciting book with a lot of history to share. This book is expensive and hard to find, but well worth the time and money if you can find it.
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