Secret History of PWE: The Political Warfare Executive, 1939-1945

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Of all Britain's secret intelligence organizations, the least known is the Political Warfare Executive, developed to conduct psychological warfare against the Nazis. The PWE's history has now been declassified by the Cabinet Office and released, 50 years after it had been completed and consigned to Whitehall's secret archives. David Garnett's book tells of how such resourceful intellects as Richard Crossman, Sefton Delmer, Leonard Ingrams, and Valentine Williams waged a covert campaign against the enemy, using ...

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2002 Hardcover 1st Edition New in new dust jacket. This mint, unread, First Edition, HARDBACK, St. Ermin's Press, London, 2002, has a mint, unclipped dust jacket that is now ... protected in an extra, bespoke, clear acid-free slipcover. The cover is black boards with copper metallic lettering to the spine. There are 14 illustrations. The book size is 6.5" w x 9.5" h with a bibliography, an index and 496 pristine pages which have slightly aged. ISBN 1903608082. ( This book is worth reading for the Sefton Delmar story which is one of the most extraordinary of the Second World War. Boudicca's Books. ) "PORNOGRAPHY AS LISTENERS' BAIT. Delmer did not scruple to introduce passages of extreme indecency which undoubtedly did much to attract an audience quickly. But, unfortunately for the peace of the Department, the 'ground-wave' of the beamed broadcasts could be picked up easily near Woburn, and sometimes in London, and programmes intended to attract the thugs of the SS had their British eavesdroppers. There were r Read more Show Less

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Of all Britain's secret intelligence organizations, the least known is the Political Warfare Executive, developed to conduct psychological warfare against the Nazis. The PWE's history has now been declassified by the Cabinet Office and released, 50 years after it had been completed and consigned to Whitehall's secret archives. David Garnett's book tells of how such resourceful intellects as Richard Crossman, Sefton Delmer, Leonard Ingrams, and Valentine Williams waged a covert campaign against the enemy, using such unorthodox, ingenious methods as black propaganda and "false flag" radio broadcasts. It also reveals the internal conflicts with the BBC, Special Operations Executive, and the Secret Intelligence Service. At best a handbook of how to undermine an adversary and at worst a tale of breathtaking incompetence and political infighting, this volume aims to add a missing dimension to recent disclosures of Britain's covert wartime operations.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781903608081
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Book Group
  • Publication date: 2/1/2003
  • Pages: 528
  • Product dimensions: 6.50 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 4.10 (d)

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