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World War II

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Special Operations Executive

M.R.D. Foot

Foot, M.R.D. "A Comparison of SOE and OSS." In British and American Approaches to Intelligence, ed. K.G. Robertson, 153-165. London: Macmillan, 1987.

Foot, M.R.D. Memories of an SOE Historian. Barnsley, UK: Pen and Sword, 2008.

Clark comment: Although Foot's memoirs are about the author himself, not SOE, they are being placed with the SOE materials because his work on that organization is sufficiently central to his life to make it into the title of those memoirs. Carr, Spectator, 28 Jan. 2009, says the author's "chapter on the world of the wartime secret services is illuminating and important, if densely written." However, "his accounts of his private life ... are not always compelling reading."

Foot, M.R.D. "Reflections on S.O.E.".  Manchester Literary & Philosophical Society Memoirs & Proceedings 111 (1969): 87-96. [Capet]

Foot, M.R.D. "Research Note: The Dutch Affair." Intelligence and National Security 20, no. 2 (Jun. 2005): 341-343.

The author does his best to put an end to speculation that London, for its own purposes, betrayed the more than 40 agents that SOE dropped into the lap of the German security forces in the Netherlands in 1942-1943. Foot prepared the official history that encompasses this episode [SOE in the Low Countries (2001)], and he is adamant that incompetence, not perfidy, brought on this debacle.

Jo Wolters, "Remarks Concerning a Research Note on The Dutch Affair," Intelligence and National Security 21, no. 3 (Jun. 2006): 459-466, takes issue with Foot's (and the official) position. Wolters argues for "a 'purposeful policy' by some British authority, other than Dutch Section SOE, bearing on the deployment of Dutch agents like 'shock troops'.... Such a policy ... was [aimed at] keeping as many German troops as possible in the West in 1942 to relieve the Russian front."

Foot, M.R.D. SOE: An Outline History of the Special Operations Executive 1940-46. London: BBC, 1984. London: Mandarin, 1990. [pb] The Special Operations Executive, 1940-1945. Frederick. MD: University Press of America, 1986.

Foot, M.R.D. SOE in France: An Account of the Work of the British Special Operations Executive in France, 1940-1944. London: HMSO, 1968. Frederick, MD: University Publications of America, 1984. 3d ed. London:  Frank Cass, 2004. Des Anglais dans la Résistance: Le service secret d’action britannique SOE en France, 1940-1944. Paris : Tallandier, 2008.

Foot, M.R.D.

1. SOE in the Low Countries. London: HMSO, 2001.

One of the World War II events that continues to draw speculation is SOE's disaster in the Netherlands in 1942-1943. Over 40 agents were dropped into the lap of the German security forces. Speculation that London betrayed those individuals for its own purposes refuses to go away. In a "Research Note: The Dutch Affair," Intelligence and National Security 20, no. 2 (Jun. 2005): 341-343, M.R.D. Foot does his best to put an end to such speculation. SOE in the Low Countries is the official history that encompasses this episode, and Foot is adamant that incompetence, not perfidy, brought on this debacle.

2. "SOE in the Low Countries." In Special Operations Executive: A New Instrument of War, ed. Mark Seaman, 83-90. London: Routledge, 2006.

Foot, M.R.D. "Special Operations/2." In The Fourth Dimension of Warfare, vol. 1: Intelligence, Subversion, Resistance, ed. Michael Elliott-Bateman, 35-47. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1970.

Foot, M.R.D. "Was SOE Any Good?" Journal of Contemporary History 16, no. 1 (1981): 167-181.

Foot, M. R. D. "What Use Was SOE?" RUSI Journal 148 (Feb. 2003): 76-83.

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