Neville Wylie


Wylie, Neville. "'An Amateur Learns His Job?' Special Operations Executive in Portugal, 1940-1942." Journal of Contemporary History 36, no. 3 (2001): 455-471.

[WWII/Eur/Other/Portugal; UK/WWII/Services/SOE]

Wylie, Neville.

1. Britain, Switzerland, and the Second World War. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003.

Alvarez, I&NS 19.1, says that the author has produced "a comprehensive survey of Anglo-Swiss wartime relations.... The treatment of Swiss political and diplomatic personalities is especially illuminating." The chapter on British covert operations in Switzerland has "more detail on the cryptanalytic successes of Bletchley Park (which managed to crack several Swiss cyphers) and the covert operations" of SOE than on SIS' clandestine intelligence operations.

2. "'Keeping the Swiss Sweet': Intelligence as a Factor in British Policy towards Switzerland during the Second World War." Intelligence and National Security 11, no. 3 (Jul. 1996): 442-467.

"Between the summer of 1940 and early 1943, Britain's intelligence community exercised a powerful, and at times crucial, influence over the evolution of British policy towards Switzerland.... Critical to the success of Britain's intelligence operations in Switzerland was the benevolence of the Federal political and security forces."

[UK/WWII/Overviews/Gen; WWII/Eur/Switzerland]

Wylie, Neville. "'The Importance of Being Honest': Switzerland, Neutrality and the Problems of Intelligence Collection and Liaison." Intelligence and National Security 21, no 5 (Oct. 2006): 782-808.

The period since the end of the Cold War has seen the Swiss intelligence community undergo a "profound transformation[].... The new emphasis given to international cooperation in the country's defence and security policy has impacted directly on the field of secret intelligence."


Wylie, Neville. "Introduction: Politics and Strategy in the Clandestine War: New Perspectives in the Study of S.O.E." In The Politics and Strategy of Clandestine War: Special Operations Executive, 1940-1946, ed. Neville Wylie, 1-14. London: Routledge, 2007.


Wylie, Neville. "SOE and the Neutrals." In Special Operations Executive: A New Instrument of War, ed. Mark Seaman, 157-178. London : Routledge, 2006. [Capet]


Wylie, Neville. "Ungentlemanly Warriors or Unreliable Diplomats? Special Operations Executive and 'Irregular Political Activities' in Europe." Intelligence and National Security 20, no 1 (Mar. 2005): 98-120. And in The Politics and Strategy of Clandestine War: Special Operations Executive, 1940-1946, ed. Neville Wylie, 109-129. London: Routledge, 2007.

"SOE's experience in political activities over the course of the war lacked consistency and coherence.... The government's refusal to maintain SOE in business after the war was symptomatic of its reluctance to accept that 'irregular political activities' had a place in British peacetime foreign relations in the middle of the twentieth century."

[UK/WWII/Services/SOE/I&NS & SOE/Gen]

Wylie, Neville, ed. European Neutrals and Non-Belligerents during the Second World War. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

From publisher: The articles in this collection "focus on how individual neutral governments perceived international developments and reveal the domestic political circumstances that critically affected their response to the course of the war."


Wylie, Neville, ed. The Politics and Strategy of Clandestine War: Special Operations Executive, 1940-1946. New York: Routledge, 2007.

Peake, Studies 51.3 (2007), finds that by exploiting the SOE's wartime files that were released to the public in the late 1990s, Wylie and his contributors have produced "a welcome contribution."


Wylie, Neville, ed. "Special Issue on Special Operaitons Executive -- New Approaches and Perspectives." Intelligence and National Security 20, no 1 (Mar. 2005): Entire issue.

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