Thailand's Secret War: OSS, SOE and the Free Thai Underground During World War II available in Hardcover
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- Cambridge University Press
Despite its 1941 alliance with Japan, Thai leaders managed to establish clandestine relations with China, Britain and the United States, each of which had ambitions for postwar influence in Bangkok. Based largely on recently declassified intelligence records, this narrative history thoroughly explores these relations, details Allied secret operations and sheds new light on the intense rivalry between the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) and the U.S. Office of Strategic Services (OSS).
Table of ContentsList of illustrations; List of maps; Preface; Acknowledgements; Notes on names and transliteration; Prologue; 1. The origins of the Free Thai Movement; 2. The China tangle; 3. Chamkat and the Allies; 4. Showdown in Friendship Valley; 5. Frustrated hopes; 6. Contact at last; 7. The OSS commits to Pridi; 8. Pridi's bid for national redemption; 9. Arming and training the underground; 10. The end game; Epilogue; Bibliography; Index.