World War II

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Special Operations Executive


Fallick, R.A. The SOE on Enemy Soil: Churchill's Elite Force. Fargo, ND: McCleery, 2003.

From publisher: "No story has been told with more honesty and humor than Sergeant Fallick tells his tale of service."

Fedorowich, Kent. 'Toughs and Thugs': The Mazzini Society and Political Warfare amongst Italian POWs in India, 1941-43." Intelligence and National Security 20, no 1 (Mar. 2005): 147-172. And in The Politics and Strategy of Clandestine War: Special Operations Executive, 1940-1946, ed. Neville Wylie, 154-176. London: Routledge, 2007.

The author looks at "British attempts to forge a Free Italy movement between 1941 and 1943." He focuses on efforts by, first, SOE and, later, PWE to recruit "Italo-Americans for clandestine political warfare work in the fight against fascist Italy."

Field, Roger, and Geoffrey Gordon-Creed. Rogue Male: Death And Seduction Behind Enemy Lines With Mister Major Geoff. London: Hodder & Stoughton, 2011.

Venning, Daily Mail, 14 Apr. 2011, notes that "[i]n March 1943, Gordon-Creed was parachuted [by SOE] into Greece to help the Greek partisans.... In the summer of 1944 he was evacuated to Cairo via Turkey and Beirut.... From Cairo, Gordon-Creed was sent back to Britain then in 1944 he was given the task of clearing up any last-ditch Nazi resistance in newly liberated Paris and Brussels."

Fielding, Xan. Hide and Seek: The Story of a Wartime Agent. London: Secker & Warburg, 1954.

Fischer, Benjamin B. "Dirty Tricks and Deadly Devices: OSS, SOE, NDRC and the Development of Special Weapons and Equipment." Journal of Intelligence History 2, no. 1 (Summer 2002): 10-28. [http://www.intelligence-history.org/jih/previous.html]

From abstract: "One of London's main objectives in lobbying for creation of an American counterpart intelligence and special operations service was to gain access to facilities, science and engineering, and financial resources that either were strained or were at risk in war-torn Britain.... The recent declassification of a key OSS record, the 'History of Division 19,' a unit of US National Defense Research Committee (NDRC) dedicated to developing 'miscellaneous weapons,' reveals [why] Anglo-American collaboration ... worked despite different national experiences and bureaucratic cultures.... [T]he OSS-SOE-NDRC triad brought British experience and research together with American private-sector resources to produce a symbiosis that endured despite strains on the Anglo-American relationship."

Fisher, John. SOE Operations in the Balkans: A Guide to the Newly Released Records in the Public Record Office. London : HMSO, 1998.

FitzSimmons, Peter. Nancy Wake: The Inspiring Story of One of the War's Greatest Heroines. London: HarperCollins, 2002. Nancy Wake: A Biography of our Greatest War Heroine. Sydney: HarperCollins, 2001.

Nancy Wake-Fiocca ("Andreé") was an Australian national who was living in Marseilles when France fell in June 1940. She joined the Resistance and had to flee France when the escape organization with which she was working was rolled up in March 1943. She parachuted back into France as an SOE liaison with the Maquis in March 1944. Cookridge, Inside SOE, p. 355. Peake, Studies 46.4, says that this "is a fine example of the little known roles that women played in the clandestine service during the war." See also Wake, The White Mouse (1985), and Braddon, Nancy Wake (1957).

Foot, M.R.D.

Ford, Roger. Steel From The Sky: The Jedburgh Raiders, France 1944. London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 2004.

According to Peake, Studies 49.1 (2005), the author tells "the stories of many of the [Jedburgh] teams in the field[;]... describes how they evolved organizationally[;]... recounts the seemingly endless ... bureaucratic struggles for power within SOE, the inter-allied battles with the French and OSS over responsibilities, and the team training programs and equipment that had to be developed from scratch.... Unfortunately, he does not provide source notes; however, he does mention some sources in the narrative that check out well."

Peake, Studies 50.3 (Sep. 2006) and Intelligencer 15.2 (Fall-Winter 2006-2007), adds that "Ford has relatively short descriptions about many teams," and reiterates that the author's "failure to include source notes reduces the scholarly value of his otherwise impressive contribution."

Franks, Norman L.R. Double Mission: RAF Fighter Ace and SOE Agent, Manfred Czerin, DSO, MC, DFT. London: Kimber, 1976.

Fuller, Jean Overton.

1. Double Webs: Light on the Secret Agents War in France. London: Putnam, 1958.

Fuller, Jean Overton.

1. Madeleine. London: Gollancz, 1952. Born for Sacrifice: The Story of Noor Inayat Khan. London: Pan, 1957. Noor-un-nisa Inayat Khan. The Hague: East-West Publications, 1988.

Constantinides: Khan was an SOE radio operator who died after being captured by the Germans. The 1957 edition added new material to the 1952 version. Fuller updates her views on Khan in The German Penetration of SOE. Clark comment: Khan's personal file from SOE was included in the May 2003 release of documents transferred to the National Archives, Kew. See also, Basu, Spy Princess (2006).

2. The German Penetration of SOE: France 1941-44. London: William Kimber, 1975.

Constantinides: This work argues that warnings received in London about the arrests of SOE agents by the Germans (and the continuation of operations under German control) were incorrectly interpreted because of incompetence rather than perfidy.

3. The Starr Affair. London: Victor Gollancz, 1954.

In Fuller's obituary, Bailey, Guardian, 17 May 2009, calls this work "an apologia for the actions of a captured SOE agent [John Starr] who helped the Germans while a prisoner in Paris."

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