Foreign Fields: The Story of an SOE Operative

Overview

Peter Wilkinson's vivid insider account of the undercover campaigns of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the Second World War looks at the foundation and structure of the SOE, as well as his personal experience as an intelligence officer during the invasion of Czechoslovakia and the Polish Campaign of 1939. The book is a valuable contribution to the secret history of the Second World War. It concludes with an account of the SOE's hazardous attempt under the author's ...

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Overview

Peter Wilkinson's vivid insider account of the undercover campaigns of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) during the Second World War looks at the foundation and structure of the SOE, as well as his personal experience as an intelligence officer during the invasion of Czechoslovakia and the Polish Campaign of 1939. The book is a valuable contribution to the secret history of the Second World War. It concludes with an account of the SOE's hazardous attempt under the author's command to infiltrate the Third Reich from 1943-1945.

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Editorial Reviews

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"...well worth reading (and buying)...one of the very best accounts of SOE activities..."--John Wilson, The British Army Review
". . . it is a thrilling, very personal account of SOE's undercover campaigns. . . "--The Guards Magazine
"Makes compulsive reading. --The Times (London)
"The narrative is full of anecdotes and makes compelling reading." --Contemporary Review
"This is a highly-worthwhile purchase." --Journal of Military and Naval History
"Its polished style makes it highly readable." --Contemporary British History

Times (London)
Makes compulsive reading.
Times
Makes compulsive reading.
Contemporary Review
The narrative is full of anecdotes and makes compelling reading.
Journal of Military and Naval History
This is a highly-worthwhile purchase.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781860647796
  • Publisher: I. B.Tauris & Company, Limited
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Wilkinson commanded the SOE from 1943-45. He joined the British diplomatic service and served in Vienna, Washington, and Bonn and was Ambassador in Saigon and Vienna.

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Table of Contents

Early Years
• School
• Holidays with My Aunts
• Holidays with My Parents
• Cambridge
• Regimental Life, 1935-37
• Czechoslovakia, 1938-39
• Summer Interlude, 1939
• Map: Poland and Romania, 1939
• Poland, 1939
• France, 1940
• Auxiliary Units
• The Special Operations Executive (SOE), 1940-41
• Crete, 1941
• Map: Crete, 1941
• Polish Frustrations, Heydrich's Assassination and the Formation of the Jedburgh Parties
• The "Muddle East", 1943
• A Safe Landing, December, 1943
• Tito Approves
• The Journey North, Christmas, 1943
• Map: Yugoslavia, 1943
• The Journey North: The Third Stage
• A Short Walk in the Third Reich
• The Submarine Fiasco
• The Long March South
• Return to Base
• Summer, 1944: Reculer Pour Mieux Sauter
• Alfgar and Charles
• The Drau Crossing
• The End of Clowder
• No. 6 Special Force
• My Marriage
• The Last Round-Up
• Austria: The End of the Road
• Epilogue
• Appendix: No. 4 Military Mission

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