Agent Michael Trotobas and SOE in Northern France

Author: Stewar Kent,Nick Nicholas

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 1473851661

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 7370

The exceptional exploits, courage and leadership of British SOE Agent Trotobas have long been recognised in France but not in his own country despite being recommended for the Victoria Cross. Captured on his first mission, Trotobas led a mass break-out from Mauzac Internment Camp and eventually returned to England. He immediately volunteered to return and established and ran a resistance group around Lille and the Pas de Calais for a year. As the Nazis closed in, he refused to leave the French men and women who had shown him complete loyalty. He paid the ultimate price, fighting to the death rather than undergo capture. As well as describing the operations of the Sylvestre-Farmer circuit, the authors record the rivalries and intrigues that sprang up culminating in betrayals and extraordinary demand for the court martial and execution of the Circuit's British second in command. This book is a major addition to the bibliography of the SOE and French Resistance.

Spirit of Resistance the Life of SOE Agent Harry Peuleve, Dso MC

Author: Nigel Perrin

Publisher: Pen & Sword

ISBN: 9781473823020

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 240

View: 5286

One of the most determined and courageous secret agents of the Second World War, Harry Peulevé joined the BEF in 1940 before volunteering for F Section of the Special Operations Executive. On his first mission to occupied France to set up the SCIENTIST circuit, he broke his leg on landing and, after numerous close calls, made an heroic crossing of the Pyrenees on sticks in December 1942. Imprisoned, he escaped and eventually returned to England in May 1943. He formed a close friendship with Violette Szabo before setting out to train a Maquis group in central France. Despite the Gestapo's repeated attempts to catch him he built up a secret army of several thousand resistance fighters. Eventually betrayed and captured, he was tortured at Avenue Foch but never broken. By coincidence he and Violette met while in captivity before Harry was sent to Buchenwald where he not only avoided execution but also managed to escape reaching American lines in April 1945. Sadly Peulevé never fully recovered from his wartime traumas but nothing can detract from his outstanding courage and contribution

Accidental Agent

Behind Enemy Lines with the French Resistance

Author: John Goldsmith

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1473887836

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

View: 3794

John Goldsmith’s wartime exploits are all the more remarkable considering that at first his services were consistently refused due to his being over 30. Not easily deterred he eventually became a tank driving instructor in the ranks. In 1942 accidental circumstances saw his recruitment into Buckmaster’s F Section of the Special Operations Executive. His faultless French and upbringing in Paris were to prove invaluable. Commissioned overnight and after intensive training he was parachuted into France for the first of his three missions. His adventures included crossing the Pyrenees, sabotage, forming his own circuits, being captured by the Gestapo, a daring escape and black-marketeering. In 1944, now a Major, he was advisor to the Maquis in the Mont Ventoux area where they fought the Germans in pitched battles and won. Although this refreshingly modest account does not admit to it, Goldsmith’s extraordinary war is best summed up by his DSO, MC, three Croix de Guerre and Legion d’honneur. Accidental Agent is as thrilling an account of war behind enemy lines as has ever been written. The author’s descriptions of his experiences and the many colourful characters he came across are a joy to read.

Sabotage in France

Author: Bernard O'Connor


ISBN: 1291592334


Page: N.A

View: 669

SOE in France

An Account of the Work of the British Special Operations Executive in France 1940-1944

Author: M.R.D. Foot

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135769885

Category: History

Page: 584

View: 5625

SOE in France was first published in 1966, followed by a second impression with amendments in 1968. Since these editions were published, other material on SOE has become available. It was, therefore, agreed in 2000 that Professor Foot should produce a revised version. In so doing, in addition to the material in the first edition, the author has had access to previously closed government records, as well as drawing upon his own invaluable wartime experiences and the recollections of those involved. SOE in France begins by explaining what SOE was, where it fitted into the Allied war machine, and how it worked in France. The narrative then recounts the adventures of its agents who worked on French soil. This intricate tale concentrates on the work of the 400 hand-picked men and women of the 'independent French' section, although it also covers SOE's five other sections that operated mainly in France. All told, the six sections despatched over 1,800 clandestine agents, who between them changed the course of the war. This updated new edition will be essential reading for scholars and for all those with an informed general interest in the activities of the SOE.

What is Lojban?

Author: Nick Nicholas,John Woldemar Cowan

Publisher: Logical Language Group Incorporated

ISBN: 9780966028317

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 174

View: 1921

The Brunei Revolt 1962-1963

Author: Nicholas Van Der Bijl

Publisher: Pen & Sword

ISBN: 9781848846401

Category: History

Page: 222

View: 1097

In December 1962, nationalists in Brunei, the hugely wealthy small kingdom on the North Coast of Borneo, formed the Army of North Kalimantan (TNKU) and, demanding greater democracy, engineered a rebellion against the Sultan and seized a large number of hostages. Perceived to be an attempt by communists to destabilize the Sultanate and seize power, within twelve hours of its outbreak, British forces were dispatched by ship and aircraft from Singapore to restore order, the first unit to arrive being 1/2nd Gurkhas, who entered the capital. Within the week, the 1 Queens Own Highlanders had recaptured the strategically important oil fields and occupied Seria, 42 Commando, Royal Marines attacked Limbang and 1 Green Jackets landed in west Brunei. The next six months were spent rounding up TNKU and, since there were major concerns that Indonesia could be behind the Revolt, the charismatic Major General Walter Walker, then commanding 17th Gurkha Division, was sent to Brunei to command operations. By mid-May 1963, the surviving TNKU had been captured. While rapidly suppressed, the Revolt was the catalyst for the three year Confrontation with Indonesia 1963-66.

Six Faces of Courage

Secret Agents Against Nazi Tyranny

Author: Michael Richard Daniell Foot

Publisher: Pen & Sword

ISBN: 9780850529654

Category: History

Page: 145

View: 9555

Professor Michael Foot is indisputably the greatest authority on the activities of SOE in Europe during WW2. In Six Faces of Courage he selects six of the bravest of the brave agents and describes their backgrounds, activities and characters. Truly inspiring reading complemented by an updated introduction that sets the scene superbly. This excellent and successful book gives the reader a real insight to what it meant to be a SOE agent in Nazi-occupied Europe

Shadows in the Fog

The True Story of Major Suttill and the Prosper French Resistance Network

Author: Francis J Suttill

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 075095762X

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 160

View: 538

In May 1940, Francis Suttill was commissioned into the East Surrey regiment of the British Army. He was later recruited by the Special Operations Executive (SOE), and after being trained during the summer of 1942, Suttill was chosen to create a new resistance network in northern France, based in Paris, with the operational name Physician. His code name was Prosper, and his assumed identity was François Desprées. The circuit of agents grew fast until June 1943, when the Gestapo discovered letters, instructions, crystal sets, and addresses in a car, and false ID papers in an apartment. Over the next three months, more then 80 agents died or were killed, mostly in concentration camps. Major Suttill DSO would be killed in Sachsenhausen in May 1945. Rumors of betrayal by MI6, even of the involvement of Winston Churchill, have abounded ever since. For the first time, Major Suttill's son tells the whole story of the tragedy, basing his meticulous research on primary sources.


Designing Great iPhone Apps

Author: Josh Clark

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 9781449394240

Category: Computers

Page: 322

View: 1942

So you've got an idea for an iPhone app -- along with everyone else on the planet. Set your app apart with elegant design, efficient usability, and a healthy dose of personality. This accessible, well-written guide shows you how to design exceptional user experiences for the iPhone and iPod Touch through practical principles and a rich collection of visual examples. Whether you're a designer, programmer, manager, or marketer, Tapworthy teaches you to "think iPhone" and helps you ask the right questions -- and get the right answers -- throughout the design process. You'll explore how considerations of design, psychology, culture, ergonomics, and usability combine to create a tapworthy app. Along the way, you'll get behind-the-scenes insights from the designers of apps like Facebook, USA Today, Twitterrific, and many others. Develop your ideas from initial concept to finished design Build an effortless user experience that rewards every tap Explore the secrets of designing for touch Discover how and why people really use iPhone apps Learn to use iPhone controls the Apple way Create your own personality-packed visuals

The Children who Fought Hitler

A British Outpost in Europe

Author: Sue Elliott,James Alfred Fox

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781408487853

Category: Belgium

Page: 404

View: 6930

When Germany invaded in 1940, The British community in Ypres was threatened. Some children managed to escape. But those who didn'twere armed with their linguistic skills and local knowledge; uniquely prepared to fight Hitler's forces.

29 Years

Author: Robin J. S. Stow

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781515253617


Page: 300

View: 5717

Two stories are intertwined; a curtailed wartime love affair is relit many years later but ends in tragedy. A contemporary property deal funded with stolen money turns sour when a rapist is uncovered. Both pieces are linked by people with connexions to a WW2 airfield in the Cotswolds.

Apathy for the Devil

A Seventies Memoir

Author: Nick Kent

Publisher: Da Capo Press

ISBN: 0306819325

Category: Music

Page: 416

View: 7586

Chronicling Nick Kent's up-close , personal, often harrowing adventures with the Rolling Stones, Lester Bangs, David Bowie, Led Zeppelin, the Sex Pistols, and Chrissie Hynde, among scores of others, Apathy for the Devil is a picaresque memoir that bears witness to the beautiful and the damned of this turbulent decade. As a college dropout barely out of his teens, Kent's first five interviews were with the MC5, Captain Beefheart, the Grateful Dead, the Stooges, and Lou Reed. But after the excitement and freedom of those early years, his story would come to mirror that of the decade itself, as he slipped into excess and ever-worsening heroin use. Apathy for the Devil is a compelling story of inspiration, success, burn out, and rebirth from a classic wordsmith.

Canada from Afar

The Daily Telegraph Book of Canadian Obituaries

Author: David Twiston-Davies

Publisher: Dundurn

ISBN: 1554881161

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 200

View: 7023

Canada From Afar is the fruit of the remarkable flowering of obituary writing in the London Daily Telegraph during the past ten years. These lively portraits of Canadians are informed, witty, sometimes quirky, occasionally iconoclastic.They include royal courtiers, politicians, businessmen, soldiers, sailors, airmen, scientists, explorers, novelists, artists, and even journalists. Among the prominent Canadians viewed from afar are persons such as Margaret Laurence, Joey Smallwood, K.C. Irving, Raymond Burr and A.J. Casson.

Canadians Behind Enemy Lines, 1939-1945

Author: Roy MacLaren

Publisher: UBC Press

ISBN: 9780774811002

Category: History

Page: 352

View: 1343

!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//IETF//DTD HTML 2.0//EN" meta name="generator" content="HTML Tidy, see" During the Second World War, almost one hundred Canadians served the Allied forces by passing as locals in occupied countries. At the behest of two British secret services, these men made language and custom their costumes. They risked their lives assisting resistance groups in sabotage and ambush missions or in smuggling Allied airmen out of occupied territories. Quiet heroes of the war, these bold Canadians helped to make the brutal and unrelenting warfare of the underground a potent weapon in the Allied arsenal. This is a study of unstinting personal courage in the face of overwhelming odds.

The Man the Nazis Couldn't Catch

Author: John Laffin

Publisher: Sutton Pub Limited

ISBN: 9780750914420

Category: History

Page: 218

View: 7122

The story of British Army Private Len Arlington and his five years living undercover in wartime France.

A Quiet Courage

Author: Liane Jones

Publisher: Bantam Dell Publishing Group


Category: Great Britain

Page: 357

View: 2655

Rediscovering Irregular Warfare

Colin Gubbins and the Origins of Britain's Special Operations Executive

Author: A. R. B. Linderman

Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press

ISBN: 0806155191

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 2329

Britain’s Special Operations Executive (SOE), which conducted sabotage campaigns and supported resistance movements in Axis-occupied Europe and in Asia, is often described as Winston Churchill’s brainchild. But as A. R. B. Linderman reveals in this engrossing history, the real genius behind Britain’s clandestine warriors was Colin Gubbins, a British officer who forged the SOE by drawing on lessons learned in irregular conflicts around the world. Following Gubbins through operations he studied and participated in, Linderman maps the evolution of the SOE from its origins to its doctrine to its becoming a critical institution. Part biography, part intellectual and organizational history, Rediscovering Irregular Warfare is the first book to explore the origins of a substantial force in the Allies’ victory in World War II. Although popular history holds that Britain entered World War II with no prior knowledge of or experience with underground warfare, Rediscovering Irregular Warfare tells us otherwise. Linderman finds ample precedent in the clearly documented work of Gubbins and his fellow clandestine organizers. He traces Gubbins’s career from 1914 through World War I and such irregular conflicts as the Allied intervention in Russia, the Irish Revolution, and conflicts in British India. To these firsthand experiences, Gubbins added the insights of colleagues who had served with him and in Iraq, as well as what he learned from the Second Anglo-Boer War, the Arab Revolt led by T. E. Lawrence, the German guerrilla war in East Africa, the revolt in Palestine between the world wars, the Spanish Civil War, and the Second Sino-Japanese War. The two booklets that Gubbins wrote based on his accumulated knowledge offered the first synthesis of British unconventional warfare doctrine: practical guides that emphasized the centrality of local populations; the collection, protection, and use of intelligence; the necessity of cooperating with conventional forces; and the use of speed, surprise, and escape in ambush operations. In 1940, when Gubbins joined the newly created SOE, the experience and know-how codified in his guides formed the basis of Britain’s approach to irregular warfare. The history of the SOE’s doctrinal origins is Colin Gubbins’s story. By telling that story, Rediscovering Irregular Warfare amplifies and clarifies our understanding of the Second World War—and of doctrines of unconventional warfare in the twentieth century.

The Next Moon

Author: Andre Hue,Ewen Southby-Tailyour

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 014104280X

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 1709

Andre Hue was a daredevil. By the age of twenty the Anglo-Frenchman had survived shipwreck and years undercover in France, sabotaging German supply lines. Returning to Britain, he was recruited by SOE to parachute behind enemy lines on 5 June 1944, to unite resistance forces in Brittany and paralyse local German troops during the Allied invasion. Though Hue�s mission was fraught with difficulty � he missed his landing site, his secret base camp became the site of a pitch battle and a band of Cossacks tried to hunt him down � he knew that thousands of lives depended on his success or failure . . .