By David Stafford

This e-book is the 1st normal research of SOE operations in Europe to were written utilizing the wartime records now on hand. even if SOE data stay closed, the writer has used a variety of different resources to supply what's more likely to stay for it slow the single comparative examine of Britain’s direct actual hyperlinks with resistance in occupied Europe, that's set firmly within the wider strategic and diplomatic context of the struggle.

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Dalton indeed, as we have seen, started off with the claim that 'subversion should be clearly recognised by all three Fighting Services as another and independent Service'. The Chiefs of Staff quickly made two things apparent. First, they would provide SOE with its broad directives, and second, there would be no recognition of any claims by SOE to be a fourth service. Throughout the war SOE was refused any permanent representation on the Chiefs of Staff Committee, although there was close liaison at the Joint Planning Staff level, and SOE representatives were usually called to meetings where matters closely involving SOE were under discussion.

In France it was marked by the famous Metro Barbes assassination of 21 August 1941, which precipitated a gruesome spiral of reprisal and counter-reprisal culminating in Secret Armies and the Detonator Concept 35 the execution of 48 hostages at Chateaubriant on 22 October. The next day de Gaulle denounced the policy of assassination over the BBC, which led to a discussion in the War Cabinet and the decision that 'individual acts by French patriots against their German oppressors should not be discouraged'.

It had its roots deep intraditional British assumptions. Thirdly, it is simply not true that Dunkirk and the fall of France focused people's attention exclusively on the immediate question of survival. Almost the contrary was the case. The shock of the June defeats led to demands for the removal from office of the 'guilty men' responsible for or associated with Britain's prewar policy of appeasement. These were, almost by definition, Conservatives. Dunkirk and all it symbolised pushed the state of feeling in Britain sharply to the left.

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