World War II

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Wolters, Jo.

1. Dossier Nordpol: Het Englandspiel onder de loep [The Nordpol Case: The Englandspiel under the Microscope]. Amsterdam: Boom, 2003.

Moore, I&NS 19.1, notes that "the German capture and execution of at least 42 agents dropped into the occupied Netherlands by SOE between 1941 and 1943 represents perhaps the greatest British espionage disaster, at least in human terms, of World War II.... The central thesis of this book is that the Engelandspiel was really a deception carried out by the Double Cross or Twenty Committee, designed to convince the Germans that there was a 'Plan for Holland' to organise an underground army in preparation for an invasion."

2. "Remarks Concerning a Research Note on The Dutch Affair," Intelligence and National Security 21, no. 3 (Jun. 2006): 459-466.

The reference in the title of this article is to M.R.D. Foot, "Research Note: The Dutch Affair," Intelligence and National Security 20, no. 2 (Jun. 2005): 341-343. Wolters takes issue with Foot's (and the official) position that SOE's dropping of more than 40 agents into the lap of the German security forces in the Netherlands in 1942-1943 involved incompetence, not perfidy. 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."

Woods, Christopher. "SOE in Italy." In Special Operations Executive: A New Instrument of War, ed. Mark Seaman, 91-102. London : Routledge, 2006.

Wylie, Neville.

1. "'An Amateur Learns His Job?' Special Operations Executive in Portugal, 1940-1942." Journal of Contemporary History 36, no. 3 (2001): 455-471.

2. "Introduction: Politics and Strategy in the Clandestine War: New Perspectives in the Study of S.O.E." In The Politics and Strategy of Clandestine War: Special Operations Executive, 1940-1946, ed. Neville Wylie, 1-14. London: Routledge, 2007.

3. "Ungentlemanly Warriors or Unreliable Diplomats? Special Operations Executive and 'Irregular Political Activities' in Europe." Intelligence and National Security 20, no 1 (Mar. 2005): 98-120. And in The Politics and Strategy of Clandestine War: Special Operations Executive, 1940-1946, ed. Neville Wylie, 109-129. London: Routledge, 2007.

"SOE's experience in political activities over the course of the war lacked consistency and coherence.... The government's refusal to maintain SOE in business after the war was symptomatic of its reluctance to accept that 'irregular political activities' had a place in British peacetime foreign relations in the middle of the twentieth century."

4. ed. The Politics and Strategy of Clandestine War: Special Operations Executive, 1940-1946. New York: Routledge, 2007.

Peake, Studies 51.3 (2007), finds that by exploiting the SOE's wartime files that were released to the public in the late 1990s, Wylie and his contributors have produced "a welcome contribution."

5. ed. "Special Issue on Special Operaitons Executive -- New Approaches and Perspectives." Intelligence and National Security 20, no 1 (Mar. 2005): Entire issue.

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Wynne, Barry. No Drums, No Trumpets: The Story of Mary Lindell. London: Barker, 1961. The Story of Mary Lindell: 'Marie-Claire' of M1.9 Wartime Secret Agent. Milton Keynes, UK: Robin Clark, 1980.

http://www.abebooks.co.uk: "When Paris was occupied in WWII [M]ary [L]indell ... began evacuating children to unoccupied France, and soon found herself helping British soldiers in the same way. She was eventually betrayed in 1944 and ended the war in the notorious Ravensbruck Concentration Camp."

Yarnold, Patrick. Wanborough Manor: School for Secret Agents. Guildford, UK: Hopfield Publications, 2009.

Wanborough Manor was a training school for SOE.

Young, George Gordon. The Cat With Two Faces: The Most Amazing Spy Story of the Second World War. New York: Coward-McCann, 1957. London: Putnam, 1957.

Constantinides: "The Cat" was Mathilde Carré, who as mistress of her Abwehr case officer, Hugo Bleicher, was involved in the destruction of the Inter-Allié Resistance network. See also, Carré, J'ai été la chatte (1959); and Paine, Mathilde Carré, Double Agent (1976).

Zembsch-Schreve, Guido. Pierre Lalande: Special Agent. London: Leo Cooper, 1996.

http://www.cloakanddagger.com/dagger: "A member of the Dutch Army in exile, sent to England to join the SOE, parachuted into France to run a very successful resistance network. Captured by the Gestapo, he survived Buchenwald, Ravensbruck, slave labor at a V-2 base."

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