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.
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.