How to Be a Spy

How to Be a Spy

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During World War II, training in the black arts of covert operation was vital preparation for the 'ungentlemanly warfare' waged by the Special Operations Executive (SOE) against Hitler's Germany and Tojo's Japan. Reproduced here is the most comprehensive training syllabus used at SOE's Special Training Schools (STSs) showing how agents learnt to wreak maximum destruction in occupied Europe and beyond. The training took place in country houses and other secluded locations ranging from the Highlands of Scotland to Singapore and Canada. An array of unconventional skills are covered - from burglary, close combat and silent killing through to propaganda, surveillance and disguise - giving insight into the workings of one of World War II's most intriguing organizations. Denis Rigden's introduction sets the documents in its historical context and includes stories of how these lessons were put into practice on actual wartime missions.The World War II SOE Training Manual ... The National Archives is grateful to the Imperial War Museum for permission to reproduce the pictures from their photograph archive that appear on pages 3, 5, 15 and ... Primary. Sources. SOE documents in the National Archives: HS 7/55 Syllabus of Lectures at STS 103 ( Camp X).

Title:How to Be a Spy
Publisher:Dundurn - 2004


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