A Most Ungentlemanly Way of War
The SOE and the Canadian Connection
HISTORY / Military / Special Forces
Jan 30, 2016
6 x 9 x 1 in | 420 gr
An examination of the SOE, its accomplishments, and the Canadian connection to the organization.
During the Second World War, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill created the Special Operations Executive (SOE) to conduct acts of sabotage and subversion, and raise secret armies of partisans in German-occupied Europe. With the directive to “set Europe ablaze,” the SOE undertook a dangerous game of cat and mouse with the Nazi Gestapo. An agent’s failure could result in indescribable torture, dispatch to a concentration camp, and, often, a death sentence.
While the SOE’s contribution to the Allied war effort is still debated, and many of its files remain classified, it was a unique wartime creation that reflected innovation, adventure, and a fanatical devotion on the part of its personnel to the Allied cause.
The SOE has an important Canadian connection: Canadians were among its operatives and agents behind enemy lines. Camp X, in Whitby, Ontario, was a special training school that trained agents for overseas duty, and an infamous Canadian codenamed “Intrepid” ran SOE operations in the Americas.
- An inventive and ruthless covert force, the Special Operations Executive revolutionized sabotage and infiltration, and inspired many of the classic James Bond characters
- The first book about the Canadian connection to the WWI-era British black-ops group SOE.
- Readers will know the SOE from classic films like Bridge over the River Kwai, The Guns of Navarone, not to mention the Bond films and books that drew inspiration from them.
- Author is a decorated Canadian Forces officer and director of the Canadian Special Operations Forces Professional Development Centre
- Author has written over thirty-five previous titles about modern military history