- Also check our best rated Biography reviews
Cloak of Enemies: Churchill's SOE, Enemies at Home and the Cockleshell Heroes Hardcover – 1 Aug 2012
Customers who viewed this item also viewed
Customers who bought this item also bought
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
About the Author
Tom Keene is a professional writer, researcher, journalist and former senior ITV executive, he is director of Longbow Productions. Cloak Of Enemies has grown out of an original groundbreaking BBC television documentary which he researched, wrote, produced, and directed. His work on that documentary led to the award of the Royal Marines Historical Society Award and the Roland Lewinsky scholarship award. He is a former infantry officer in the Territorial Army and past Chairman and First Aid Officer of the Dartmoor Rescue Group.
Top customer reviews
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
Good reference book, with good bibliography that I will use for future book purchases.
Author wrote a much better book on the short-lived SSRF.
Tom Keene's book 'Cloak of Enemies' unveils for the first time the true and remarkable extent of the bitter in-fighting between Britain's Special Intelligence Service (SIS) and the then fledgling Special Operations Executive (SOE) and Combined Operations. It has never been a secret that these organisations didn't work well together however, you would think that in times of national crisis and a bitter world conflict, people and organisations would be working together to fight the common foe! Tom Keene uncovers the full extent of the catastrophic failure of cooperation and teamwork which was due to nothing more than personal egos and bitter personal jealousies. This failure to work together led to many operations in enemy held territory which could have been done better, or with shared intelligence, should not have taken place at all! The result in many cases was the unnecessary loss of brave lives. This in-fighting could have been sorted out if the Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, had stepped in but failed to do so, even though he knew what was going on. This failure to step in was a huge failure of leadership by a great national leader who is credited with leading Britain to victory!
Tom Keene then uses one of the greatest and most daring raids of the Second World War to highlight the failings of this non-cooperation. Operation Frankton was a Combined Operations raid where 12 brave Royal Marines canoed 70 miles up the Gironde river to attack German blockade runners in Bordeaux Harbour. Whilst this incredible raid was a success, only two of the Commandos survived but, SOE had also spent months planning an attack on the same target and were about to execute it the following day. Neither Combined Ops or SOE knew what the other was up to! Had they known, it is likely that Operation Frankton, a story that has gone down in Commando folk-lore and is the defining raid which spurned the formation of the Royal Marines Special Boat Service, may never have been launched in the first place! In summary, this book is a must read for those who think they know everything about WWII. Must read!