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SOE Syllabus: Lessons in Ungentlemanly Warfare, World War II (Secret…

by Denis Rigden

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In the early years of World War II prospective agents for the Special Operations Executive were trained in the black arts of camouflage, sabotage and subterfuge. This training took place in a variety of requisitioned country houses all over Britain, from Arisaig in the highlands of Scotland to Beaulieu Manor in the New Forest. This book reproduces the extensive training manuals used to prepare agents for their highly dangerous missions behind enemy lines. The courses covered a variety of clandestine skills including disguise, surveillance, burglary, interrogation, close combat and assassination. In short, everything needed to wreak havoc in occupied Europe. Denis Rigden's expert introduction sets the file in its historical context and includes stories of how these lessons were carried out on actual wartime missions.… (more)

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This remarkable book is a collection of the surviving lecture notes from the training of Special Operations Executive agents during the second world war. It was published by the official UK government publisher and it is amazing that this ever happened given that it is effectively a how to manual for covert operations (although I doubt we'd need to worry overly about someone who actually read this and then tried to do it themselves without extensive practice). ( )
  jmkemp | Jul 5, 2016 |
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In the early years of World War II prospective agents for the Special Operations Executive were trained in the black arts of camouflage, sabotage and subterfuge. This training took place in a variety of requisitioned country houses all over Britain, from Arisaig in the highlands of Scotland to Beaulieu Manor in the New Forest. This book reproduces the extensive training manuals used to prepare agents for their highly dangerous missions behind enemy lines. The courses covered a variety of clandestine skills including disguise, surveillance, burglary, interrogation, close combat and assassination. In short, everything needed to wreak havoc in occupied Europe. Denis Rigden's expert introduction sets the file in its historical context and includes stories of how these lessons were carried out on actual wartime missions.

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