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on 23 January 2017
If you buy one book on SOE (in any location), then this is the one.

For those who read many SOE books, it doesn't have the nostalgia of the first '66 edition, having been updated, but it does iron out some omissions/corrections etc

It has an excellent bibliography, which can be used to separate the wheat from the chaff of the many books on the subject.

However I do warn you that the writing style takes getting used to. Do not tackle this book for light reading, or language. Work thro the first 100 pages and you get very used to his obvious academic background and prose, and enjoy it for what it is, the foremost 'independent' authority on the subject of sabotage and subversion during WW2.
I highlight independent, because there are a great many who are too close to this subject to honestly write about this without taking sides. The stories cannot be told without thinking of bias or mis-truths, and so I come back to this book to be 'as near' to the truth as we are ever going to get - period. The fact that the vast majority of this book was written only 20 years after the end of the war is remarkable,and beats any books being written by modern historians of the new millennia.
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on 19 October 2017
Excellent clinical analysis, which provided background, context, structure, logistics and narrative of the activities of SOE in France. Excellent timeline that shows the active circuits, and underlines the progress of intervention from tentative initially, to fully committed after Overlord is planned and executed. For anyone reading a specific circuit/individual agents history, this is a great context setter and would add further understanding of the circumstances under which agents and pursuers were operating.
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on 8 January 2017
Excellent - I had a boss who was in the SOE in France from before D-Day and his reward for his excellent work was to be sent behind Japanese lines in the jungle. They were allowed to celebrate VE Day with a tin of bully beef, which they poured from the can.
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on 23 May 2015
One of the Bibles for SOE France, written by its foremost authority
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on 9 April 2013
This is an immensely detailed study of SOE in France and is written in a very readable style. For many people the fascination with SOE remains strong even though it is a time of long ago. For them I would strongly recommend this book.
I would have liked Professor Foot to have spent more time on why so many agents acted so carelessly and were consequently lost to their cause.
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on 18 December 2013
M.R.D Foot does it again - very detailed but gives the reader a broad understanding of what is was like to be in SOE, part of SOE and all the difficulties experienced. As a member of the SAS himself he recalls from first hand and has researched in dififcult times when this information was still "secret".
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on 11 March 2014
This was a birthday present for my husband and he loves it said it was just what he wanted thank you
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on 30 July 2014
Excellent value
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on 1 November 2014
A comprehensive account of this particular chapter of the WWII.
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on 28 April 2014
extremely factual with little extra info on personalities etc, should be the reference work that it could be, but having to piece together bit by bit
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