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A Most Ungentlemanly Way of War
The SOE and the Canadian Connection
By (author): Colonel Bernd Horn
9781459732797 Paperback, Trade English General Trade HISTORY / Military / Special Forces Golden Horseshoe Jan 30, 2016
$19.99 CAD
Active 6 x 9 x 1 in | 420 gr 240 pages 27 B&W illustrations, 13 Colour illustrations, , Index Dundurn
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

Colonel Bernd Horn is a retired Canadian Regular Force infantry officer and military educator. Dr. Horn has authored, co-authored, or edited more than forty books, including No Easy Task: Fighting in Afghanistan and No Lack of Courage: Operation Medusa, Afghanistan. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.

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