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THE BRAVERY AND POIGNANCY OF THE SECRET WAR AGAINST NAZISM,
By A Customer
This review is from: Between Silk and Cyanide: A Codemaker's War 1941-1945 (Paperback)
I've just read this book in two sittings - it is impossible to put down. From the first page you are into Marks' story about his foiled attempt to get into the famous Bletchley Park, and from there on it is a rollercoaster ride through the ups and downs of his times at SOE. There are triumphs but agents are also needlessly sacrificed, as in the case of the Dutch networks which the Germans totally controlled. The inter-agency battles and refusal to share resources and intelligence leave Marks seething, while he poignantly reveals the frailties of many of the agents heading for either death or glory. So many 'secret war' books are churned out which are neither well-written nor very revealing, this is probably one of the best of the genre, covering the wars in Whitehall, on the airwaves, and on the ground.