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You Wouldn't Want to Be a Secret Agent During World War II!: A… (original 2010; edition 2010)

by John Malam (Author), David Salariya (Creator), Mark Bergin (Illustrator)

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Explains what it was like to be a British secret agent working behind enemy lines in France during World War II, describing the training, equipment, and techniques used by spies and the danger they faced during their missions.
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Title:You Wouldn't Want to Be a Secret Agent During World War II!: A Perilous Mission Behind Enemy Lines
Authors:John Malam (Author)
Other authors:David Salariya (Creator), Mark Bergin (Illustrator)
Info:Franklin Watts (2010), 32 pages
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You Wouldn't Want to be a Secret Agent During World War II!: A Perilous Mission Behind Enemy Lines by John Malam (2010)

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70 years ago, when Germany conquered France, the refugees went to america to become spies. Now the interviewers were interested in language skills. When I say Language skills, I don’t just mean speaking many languages. I mean knowing how to crack a specific code. I don’t know what kind of code. Despite their interest, they didn’t let germans in, because they thought they were double agents. You know how that can be. Of course this war didn’t bother England, until the germans got closer. When France lost, the war over for them. Their fighting spirits were rock hard. Which is why the refugees went to England. That leads to the agent stuff.
  samw.b2 | May 16, 2019 |
I give this book five stars, because it was very knowledge on this subject, and it was very interesting to read. It had great illustrations as well. The book gave good details on all the different weapons they used during world war two, and all the secret handshakes and hiding places that agents used. Some agents used fake logs and fruit to hide ammunition and other small items. I think that’s pretty clever. They had spigot guns, noiseless guns, sleeve guns, explosive rats, etc. Agents learned how to fight and make their own bombs at a training program, if they passed it, then they would be sent to a paramilitary school in northern Scotland. And that's where they learn how to become real secrete agents.

This book talks about why you wouldn't want to be a secret agent during world war two. You would have to be willing to give up your life to become one. During your training you learn how to pick locks, how to create your own bombs, how to live with nature, how to send Morse code messages, and so on. You learn how to use all these different guns, and how to set booby traps. It sure must a lot to become a secret agent, I know that I wouldn't want to be one. ( )
  IsabelG.B1 | Mar 5, 2017 |
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The You Wouldn’t Want To . . . series has long been taking the stuffing out of both relatively glamorous personages (Cleopatra) and obviously doomed career choices (Salem witch). A bit of reverse psychology here and loads of irresistible historical details there combine with cartoony visuals and glib humor to make these titles plenty educational but just plain fun to read as well. You Wouldn’t Want to Be a Secret Agent during World War II! might just convince kids that they would want to be a WWII spy, trained in the fine art of subterfuge and outfitted with all kinds of real-life cloak-and-dagger gizmos. Readers go on a sabotage run behind enemy lines in German-occupied France, and the successful detonation will have them itching for the next mission. A few design tweaks, such as boxing and ordering some of the many blocks of texts competing for attention, would help the pages seem less cluttered, but these books are great treats to reward historically inquisitive minds. Grades 3-5.
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