The British Spy Manual: The Authentic Special Operations Executive (SOE) Guide for WW II

The British Spy Manual: The Authentic Special Operations Executive (SOE) Guide for WW II


By (author) Imperial War Museum (Great Britain), Foreword by Sinclair Mckay

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  • Publisher: Aurum Press Ltd
  • Format: Hardback | 272 pages
  • Dimensions: 172mm x 232mm x 28mm | 820g
  • Publication date: 31 October 2014
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1781314020
  • ISBN 13: 9781781314029
  • Illustrations note: full colour throughout
  • Sales rank: 212,692

Product description

Imagine sitting behind a desk, in a classroom, miles from anywhere in the English countryside, alongside dozens of fellow students, dreaming of being parachuted into Occupied France to undertake daring missions against Hitler's forces. What were you taught? What text books did they give you, and what homework and exams were you expected to pass in order to make the grade? We now publish the classroom dossier that all secret agents being trained for missions against the Axis forces in the Second World War were supplied with and expected to implement when on service. Full of colourful and imaginative drawings, photographs and diagrams the two-volume set represents a unique piece of British military history at your finger tips. From techniques in camouflage, to setting up communications, concealing weapons caches and constructing booby traps - this is the original text book our heroes learned, to ply their trade to deadly effect.

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Author information

SINCLAIR McKAY is author of the bestselling The Secret Life of Bletchley Park and The Secret Listeners for Aurum, as well as histories of Hammer films, the James Bond films, and the pastime of rambling. He lives in London.

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'A thrilling reproduction of the textbook used by wartime secret agents.' Saga Magazine