- Hardcover: 848 pages
- Publisher: St Ermin's Press; Reprint edition (7 Dec. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0953615189
- ISBN-13: 978-0953615186
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 6.4 x 23.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,022,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Secret History of S.O.E.: Special Operations Executive, 1940-1945 Hardcover – 7 Dec 2000
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At the end of World War II, the Cabinet Office commissioned an eminent academic, Professor William Mackenzie, to undertake a comprehensive secret history of Special Operations Executive. This document is declassified for the first time.
About the Author
Professor William Mackenzie spent three years writing the official war history of SOE for the Cabinet Office. He was later Professor of Government at the Universities of Manchester and Glasgow, and was emeritus Professor of Politics at Glasgow until his death in 1996.
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This history has been used as a source for some of the better SOE histories written since 1949, and it acts as an excellent source of material for any historian of the period. The Foreword and notes by Professor Foot are also of particular interest as supplementary comment.
What gives you is an incredible detailed account of the people, the politics and realities of SOE. The book explains on how the SOE developed, how they trained their agents and how they organised partisan resistance in the fields.
The author provides a very unbiased and unromanticised account on the most seeming glamorous and adventurous part of the british war effort.
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