World War II

The British Services

Special Operations Executive

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Rake, Denis. Rake's Progress: The Gay and Dramatic Adventures of Major Denis Rake MC. London: Leslie Frewin, 1968.

The author served with SOE in World War II. See Elliott, The Shooting Star (2009).

Rayment, Sean. Tales From the Special Forces Club. London: Collins, 2013.

Peake, Studies 58.2 (Jun. 2014), notes that this work "tells the stories of 10 veterans whose service ranged from training in Britain to leading the resistance behind enemy lines to operations in the desert, in the jungle, in the air, and at sea.... [It] has some great stories and is a solid contribution to the Special Forces traditions."

Riffice, Albert E. "Intelligence and Covert Action." Studies in Intelligence 6, no. 1 (Winter 1962): 73-80.

The author concludes that "the root of SOE's difficulties was its lack of coordination with the British espionage and counterintelligence services." At the end of the war, the responsibility for covert operations was returned to the jurisdiction of MI6.

Rigden, Denis.

1. Kill the Führer: Section X and Operation Foxley. Stroud, UK: Sutton, 1999. 2003. [pb]

Spencer, IJI&C 14.1, places this work dealing with an operation ("Foxley") supposedly planned by SOE's X Section to assassinate Hitler in the same category as fairy tales. The reviewer's conclusion is based on his experience with X Section from 1944 to SOE's disbandment in August 1946. The reviewer also believes that the SOE archival material with which Rigden was working is incomplete due to the destruction of files by MI6 prior to release.

2. Ed. SOE Syllabus: Lessons in Ungentlemanly Warfare, World War II. Secret History Files Series. London: PRO, 2001.

According to West, IJI&C 15.3, this is "a collection of lectures given to Special Operations Executive (SOE) 'students' while they moved through the organization's various stages of training.... [It] offers a remarkable insight into how practicioners of the arcane arts thought the war could be won." Anderson, Intelligencer 13.1, calls the work "a detailed and fascinating textbook on covert operations.... [It] is chock-a-block with interesting tidbits." Denis Rigden has written "a fine thirty-page introduction."

Rochester, Devereaux. Full Moon to France. New York: Harper & Row, 1977.

Rootham, Jasper. Misfire: The Chronicle of a British Mission to Mikhailovich, 1943-1944. London: Chatto & Windus, 1946.

For Monkfish, via Amazon.com, "[t]his is a fantastically honest book from a man who was with Mihailovic in the mountains of Serbia. He just tells his story as he witnessed it without adding comment or judgements."

Rousseau, Michel. "Deux réseaux britanniques dans la région du Nord: le réseau 'Garrow-Pat O'Leary' et le réseau 'Farmer'". Revue d’histoire de la deuxième guerre mondiale et des conflits contemporains 135 (Jul. 1984): 87-108. [Capet]

Ruby, Marcel. F Section SOE: The Story of the Buckmaster Network. London: Leo Cooper, 1988. London: Grafton, 1990. [pb]

Saward, Joe. The Grand Prix Saboteurs: The Extraordinary Untold Story of the Grand Prix Drivers Who Became British Secret Agents During World War II. [France]: Morienval Press, 2006.

From publisher: This is the "true story of how three motor racing stars of the 1920s and 1930s worked together as British secret agents during World War II in Occupied France."

Schafranek, Hans. "Die Anfänge der Operation Pickaxe 1941/42: Sowjetische Funk- und Fallschirmagenten unter der Patronanz des britischen Geheimdienstes SOE." Journal for Intelligence, Propaganda and Security Studies 2, no. 1 (2008): 7-22. [Capet]

Schulz, Gerhard. "Englische Geheimdienste und europäische Widerstandsbewegungen." In Geheimdienste und Widerstandsbewegungen im Zweiten Weltkrieg, ed. Gerhard Schulz, 19-78. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1982. [Capet]

Scott, Michael. Special Forces Commander: The Life and Wars of Peter Wand-Tetley OBE MC Commando, SAS, SOE and Paratrooper. Barnsley, UK: Pen & Sword Military, 2011.

From publisher: This book is the "story of Peter Wand-Tetley's wartime service in the Army Commandos, the Long Range Desert Group, SAS, SOE and Parachute Regiment." Parachuted by SOE into enemy occupied Greece in 1943, Ward-Tetley's "role was to equip and train [A]ndarte guerrillas." Following victory in Europe, he "sailed for the Far East with the Parachute Regiment, and was engaged in counterinsurgency operations in Java at the end of the war."

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