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    DescriptionAs the fall of France took place, almost the entire coastline of Western Europe was in German hands. Clandestine sea transport operations provided lines of vital intelligence for wartime Britain. These "secret flotillas" landed and picked up agents in and from France, and ferried Allied evaders and escapees. This activity was crucial to the SIS (Secret Intelligence Service) and the SOE (Special Operations Executive). This authoritative publication by the official historian, the late Sir Brooks Richards, vividly describes and analyses the clandestine naval operations that took place during WWII. The account has been made possible through Sir Brooks' access to closed government archives, combined with his own wartime experiences and the recollections of many of those involved. First published in 1996, the original edition included descriptions of naval operations off French North Africa. The history has now been amended and expanded by Sir Brooks and is now published in two volumes. This first volume concentrates on the sea lines to Brittany. This authoritative publication by the official historian, the late Sir Brooks Richards, vividly describes and analyses the clandestine naval operations that took place during World War Two.


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    Title
    Secret Flotillas: 1
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Brooks Richards
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 372
    Width: 156 mm
    Height: 234 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 680 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781781590805
    ISBN 10: 178159080X
    Classifications

    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBTM, HBWQ
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JJH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.4
    BIC E4L: WAR
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1D
    BIC subject category V2: HBLW, HBJD, JWF
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    LC classification: D
    B&T General Subject: 520
    Ingram Subject Code: HM
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/1940
    Libri: I-HM
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 27470
    Abridged Dewey: 940
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027100
    B&T Approval Code: A14204063, N44095000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 17
    BISAC V2.8: HIS027150
    BIC subject category V2: 3JJH, 1D
    DC23: 940.548641
    Publisher
    Pen & Sword Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Pen & Sword Maritime
    Publication date
    19 January 2013
    Publication City/Country
    South Yorkshire
    Review quote
    Fluent in French and with a very well-developed political nose, Richards opens with a brilliant account of the politics of the Fall of France and how de Gaulle came to lead those Frenchmen who sought to carry on the fight. Brooks also explains the genesis of the SOE and SIS and their often prickly relationship, and difficulties of working with the Free French, whose initial amateurishness and woefully poor grasp of security caused endless problems. There are a number of photographs of people and boats that put flesh on the bones of the stories recounted. This is an important, permanent work of naval history - Army Rumour Service