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Irwin, Will [LTCOL (Ret.)]. The Jedburghs: The Secret History of the Allied Special Forces, France 1944. New York: Public Affairs, 2005.

Peake, Studies 50.3 (Sep. 2006) and Intelligencer 15.2 (Fall-Winter 2006-2007), finds that the author "tells the story of six representative Jedburgh teams in considerable detail while mentioning others that interacted with them." His epilogue is "comprehensive, interesting and informative. It tells what happened to many of the Jeds.... He also includes key members of SOE and military participants who contributed to the success of the Jedburgh program." To this, Huck, Periscope (Summer 2006), adds that the author's account of the Jedburghs "provides the essentials, although not always as clearly as it might."

For Schwonek, Air & Space Power Journal 22.3 (Fall 2008), Irwin offers "a straightforward history of the Jedburgh teams from their founding, through recruitment and training, to their deployment in France, starting in June 1944.... In general, the book relates the story of the Jedburghs without reference to any of the major or minor controversies in the professional or scholarly fields." This is "a lively introduction to one the most important ventures of special forces" during World War II; however, for "deeper insights, historians and military professionals will have to look to the US Army's official history or collections of published documents."

Ivor, Porter. Operation Autonomous: With the SOE in Wartime Romania. London: Chatto & Windus, 1989.

Jackson, Sophie. Churchill's White Rabbit: The True Story of a Real-Life James Bond. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2012.

This is a new biography of SOE operative Edward Yeo-Thomas. See Jasper Copping, "Historian Reveals the Second World War Hero Who Inspired the Creation of James Bond," Telegraph (London), 23 Sep. 2012; and Rob Preece, "Revealed: The Second World War Spy Whose Ruthlessness with Enemies and Charming Way with Women Inspired Author to Create James Bond," Daily Mail (London), 23 Sep. 2012.

Jenkins, Ray. A Pacifist at War: The Life of Francis Cammaerts. London: Hutchison, 2009.

According to Hudson, Telegraph (London), 1 Sep. 2009, the death of a "brother on a bombing mission changed" Cammaerts "pacifist and conscientious objector" outlook and after the fall of France he joined SOE. Cammaerts crossed to France in late March 1943 and by D-Day "his organisation was ready with 20,000 men, most of them fully armed." The author "allows Cammaerts's transcribed reminiscences to dominate the narrative, when the two could sometimes have been woven together. I'd like to have heard more about the sabotage Cammaerts facilitated. But this is a fascinating book about a remarkable man."

Jespersen, Knud J.V.

1. No Small Achievement: Special Operations Executive and the Danish Resistance 1940-1945. Odense, Denmark: University Press of Southern Denmark, 2002.

Peake, Studies 48.1, notes that the author worked with both SOE and Danish files and discusses competing views of the Danish resistance. In the end, Jesperson finds that SOE's most important contribution in Denmark was the impact on "restor[ing] national pride and political unity."

2. "SOE and Denmark." In Special Operations Executive: A New Instrument of War, ed. Mark Seaman, 193-200. London : Routledge, 2006.

Johns, Philip. Within Two Cloaks: Missions with SIS and SOE. London: Kimber, 1979.

Johnson, Kate, ed. The Special Operations Executive: Sound Archive, Oral History Recordings. London: Imperial War Museum, 1998. [From Capet]

Johnston, Stowers. Agents Extraordinary. London: Robert Hale, 1975. [Chambers]

Jones, Liane. A Quiet Courage: The Story of SOE's Women Agents in France. New York: Bantam Dell, 1989. London: Bantam, 1989. A Quiet Courage. London: Corgi, 1991. [pb]

Jones, Matthew. "'Kipling and All That': American Perceptions of SOE and British Imperial Intrigue in the Balkans, 1943-1945." In The Politics and Strategy of Clandestine War: Special Operations Executive, 1940-1946, ed. Neville Wylie, 90-108. London : Routledge, 2007.

Jones, Rhidian. "Behind Enemy Lines." Everyone's War 20 (Winter 2009): 46-53.

Capet notes: "British support of French Resistance."

Jones, William [MAJ]. Twelve Months with Tito's Partisans. London: Bedford, 1946.

Woolbert, FA (Oct. 1946): "A Canadian in the R.A.F. reports on his adventures with the Jugoslav Partisans in Croatia during 1943 and 1944."

Kelly, Saul. "A Succession of Crises: SOE in the Middle East, 1940-45." Intelligence and National Security 20, no 1 (Mar. 2005): 121-146.

The focus here is on "SOE's operations in the geographic region" of the Middle East, rather than coverage of the full slate of SOE Middle East's responsibilities, which included the Balkans. SOE "never managed to overcome the endemic suspicion by British military, political and diplomatic officials of its activities." Nevertheless, "SOE could claim some successes in the Middle East."

Kelso, Nicholas. Errors of Judgement: SOE's Disaster in the Netherlands, 1941-1944. London: Robert Hale, 1988. [Chambers]

Kemp, Anthony. The Secret Hunters. London: O'Mara, 1986.

Capet: "Post-war investigations about missing SOE and SAS wartime agents."

Kemp, Peter. The Thorns of Memory: One of the Twentieth Century's Great Adventurers. London: Sinclair-Stevenson, 1990.

Kemp, Peter. Alms for Oblivion. London: Cassell, 1961.

Kemp, Peter. Mine Were Trouble. London: Cassell, 1957.

Kemp, Peter. No Colours or Crest. London: Cassell, 1958. London: Panther Books, 1960. [pb]

Covers the author's WWII experiences with SOE in Albania and Poland.

Kershaw, Ian. Intro., Mark Seaman. Operation Foxley: The British Plan to Kill Hitler. Kew: PRO, 1998. London: Diane, 1998. [pb]

From publisher: "This book reproduces the feasibility study produced by Section X (German) of the British Special Operations Executive. It includes a historical introduction which places the file in context & explains why it never happened. It also covers the various 'little Foxleys', which looked at killing other leading Nazis."

King, Stella. "Jacqueline": Pioneer Heroine of the Resistance. London: Arms and Armour Press, 1990.

Surveillant 1.1: Yvonne Rudellat was the "first female field agent trained by ... [SOE] during WWII." She set up a resistance unit and sabotaged rail lines and trains. Rudellat was wounded and captured, sent to Ravensbruck and on to Bergen-Belsen where she died. The book "reads like a fast-paced spy novel."

Kitchen, Martin. "SOE's Man in Moscow." Intelligence and National Security 12, no. 3 (Jul. 1997): 95-109.

George A. Hill became SOE's man in Moscow following a joint -- and overly ambitious -- agreement between SOE and the NKVD on cooperation between the two entities. Some cooperation did occur, notably in SOE assistance to the dropping of Soviet agents into occupied Europe; but, in the end, the "mission achieved precious little.... The Soviet authorities had no desire to cooperate closely with the British, and the British were equally unenthusiastic.... Hill did as well as anyone could have done under the circumstances."

Knight, Robert. "Life after SOE: Peter Wilkinson's Journey from the Clowder Mission to Waldheim." Journal for Intelligence, Propaganda and Security Studies 3, no. 1 (2009): 71-82. [Capet]

Kraglund, Ivar. "SOE and Milorg: 'Thieves on the Same Market.'" In Special Operations Executive: A New Instrument of War, ed. Mark Seaman, 71-82. London : Routledge, 2006. [Capet]

Kramer, Rita. Flames in the Field: The Story of Four SOE Agents in Occupied France. London: Michael Joseph, 1995.

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