Security and Special Operations: SOE and MI5 During the Second World War

Security and Special Operations: SOE and MI5 During the Second World War


By (author) Christopher J. Murphy

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Hardback | 266 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 216mm x 16mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 12 December 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0230002412
  • ISBN 13: 9780230002418
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 1,612,924

Product description

Security and Special Operations offers the first comprehensive history of the Security Section of the Special Operations Executive and its relationship with MI5 during the Second World War. The book makes extensive use of recently declassified files in order to examine the development of liaison between the two organizations. It explores SOE's involvement with MI5's double cross operations and offers a fresh perspective on both the 'Englandspiel' disaster in Holland and the case of the notorious agent Henri Dericourt.

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Author information

CHRISTOPHER J. MURPHY is currently an independent scholar, and was formerly Leverhulme Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Contemporary British History at the Institute of Historical Research.

Review quote

'Security and Special Operations is a significant addition to the burgeoning literature of the history of the Special Operations Executive. Using recently declassified files from MI5 and SOE documents at the National Archives, Christopher Murphy is able to shed much new light on the troubled relationship between SOE, MI5 and SIS (MI6) during the Second World War, particularly over security issues.' - Richard Thurlow, University of Sheffield, UK

Table of contents

Introduction The Origins and Development of SOE's Security Section Inverlair No.6 Special Workshop School: 'The Cooler' Security Abroad Liaison with MI5 (i): Cooperation Liaison with MI5 (ii): Conflict Approaching Section V Security Aspects of the Nordpol Affair Double Cross and Deception Unfinished Business Postscript on Sources: SOE at The National Archives Biblography Index