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Wake, Nancy. The White Mouse: Autobiography of the Woman the Gestapo Called the White Mouse. Melbourne: Macmillan, 1985.

Wales, T.C. "The 'Massingham' Mission and the Secret 'Special Relationship': Cooperation and Rivalry between the Anglo-American Clandestine Services in French North Africa, November 1942-May 1943." Intelligence and National Security 20, no. 1 (Mar. 2005): 44-71.

Located west of Algiers, "'Massingham' served as the main command, communication, supply and training centre for [joint SOE and OSS] clandestine operations into southwestern Europe after the North African TORCH landings in November 1942.... The near total integration ... was the result of a determined effort by a few individuals."

Walker, David E. Lunch with a Stranger. London: Wingate, 1957. New York: Norton, 1957.

Walker, Jonathan. Poland Alone: Britain, SOE and the Collapse of the Polish Resistance 1944. Charleston, SC: History Press, 2008.

From publisher: This work "focuses on the bloody Warsaw Uprising of 1944, when the Polish Resistance attempted to gain control of their city from the German Army. They expected help from the Allies but received none, and they were left helpless as the Russians moved in." The author "examines whether Britain could have done more to save the Polish people in their crisis year of 1944, dealing with many different aspects such as the actions of the RAF and SOE, the role of Polish Couriers, the failure of British Intelligence, and the culpability of the British press."

Walters, Anne-Marie. Foreword, M.R.D. Foot. Intro., postscript, and notes, David Hewson. Moondrop to Gascony. London: Macmillan, 1946. Hampshire, UK: Moho Books, 2009.

From publisher: In January 1944, Walters parachuted into southwest France to act as a courier for SOE's Wheelwright circuit headed by George Starr. "For this Moho edition, David Hewson ... adds biographical details for the main characters, identifies the real people behind the pseudonyms and provides background notes. He also reveals what happened to Anne-Marie at the end of the war."

Ward, Michael. Greek Assignments: SOE 1943-1948 UNSCOB. Athens: Lycabettus Press, 1992.

West, Nigel. [Rupert Allason] Secret War: The Story of SOE, Britain's Wartime Sabotage Organization. London: John Carter via Hoddington & Stoughton, 1992.

Wharton-Tigar, Edward, with A.J. Wilson. Burning Bright: The Autobiography of Edward Wharton-Tigar. Worcester Park: Metal Bulletin Books, 1987.

Wheeler, Mark C.

1. Britain and the War for Yugoslavia, 1940-43. New York: Columbia University Press, 1980.

2. "The SOE Phenomenon." Journal of Contemporary History 16, no. 3 (1981): 513-519.

Wighton, Charles. Pin-Stripe Saboteur: The Story of "Robin," British Agent and French Resistance Leader. London: Odhams, 1959. Le Saboteur. Paris: Fayard, 1959.

Constantinides notes that the basic premise of this work seems to be in error, as "Robin," the organizer of the Juggler Resistance network, was not Jacques Weil, as identified by the author, but Jean Worms.

Wilkinson, Peter [Sir].

1. Foreign Fields: The Story of an SOE Operative. London: Tauris, 1997.

For Lane, I&NS 13.2, this "is among the more stylish of the latest crop of memoirs of the Second World War in occupied Europe.... [The author] planned and then led the 'Clowder' mission to the Slovene Partisans.... This is a splendidly written and rounded account of the early chapters in a fascinating and extraordinary life."

2. "SOE und Deutschland: Ein persönlicher Beitrag." In Großbritannien und der deutsche Widerstand, 1933-1944, eds. Klaus Müller and David Dilks, 189-194. Paderborn & München: Schöningh, 1994. [Capet]

3. and Joan Bright Astley. Gubbins and SOE. London: Leo Cooper, 1993. Barnsley, UK: Leo Cooper/Pen & Sword, 2010.

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