The Secret History of SOE: Special Operations Executive 1940-1945

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At the end of World War II, the Cabinet Office commissioned an eminent academic, Professor William Mackenzie, to undertake a comprehensive secret history of Special Operations Executive. Given access to both personnel and the surviving wartime files, Mackenzie's report was a reference document to be used by intelligence agencies in a future conflict, its audience the very elite of Whitehall insiders. Now, this highly classified account has been made available. Never before have SOE's operations across the world been described in such detail and with total authority. Mackenzie's document explores numerous controversies and reveals dozens of previously undisclosed episodes from Britain's secret war against the Axis. Who were the agents parachuted in Germany? What became of schemes designed to protect Gibraltar from a Spanish invasion? When did SOE decide to collaborate with the NKVD and infiltrate Soviet spies into Eastern Europe? These and other wartime mysteries are packed into one of the most controversial documents of our time.

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At the end of World War II, Britain’s Cabinet Office commissioned an eminent academic, Professor William Mackenzie, to undertake a comprehensive secret history of Special Operations Executive. Given access to both personnel and surviving wartime files, Mackenzie’s report was be used by intelligence agencies in a future conflict, its audience the very elite of Whitehall insiders. Now, for the first time, this highly classified document has been made available. Who were the agents parachuted in Germany? What became of schemes designed to protect Gibraltar from a Spanish invasion? Why did so many circuits suffer enemy penetration? Where was SOE’s sabotage really effective? When did SOE decide to collaborate with the NKVD and infiltrate Soviet spies into Eastern Europe? What is the truth behind SOE’s policy to back Tito in Yugoslavia? These and hundreds of other wartime mysteries are packed into the pages of a truly astonishing, wholly authentic story. The Secret History of SOE is one of the most intriguing, compelling, and controversial World War II documents ever to be declassified.

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Professor William Mackenzie spent three years writing the official war history of SOE for the Cabinet Office. He was later Professor of Government at the Universities of Manchester and Glasgow, and was Emeritus Professor of Politics at Glasgow until his death in 1996.

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