As the title suggests, an interesting insight into the Special Operations Executive (SOE) with consists of the original memos/training notes for the various tradecraft employed by the operatives during WW2.
It is just that though, the training manual to what was taught so it acts as good reference material to see what they were trained in however it doesn't go any further than that. There isn't accompanying analysis or examples of where this may have been employed etc which I think would have made it a more gripping read.
Nevertheless still worth a read if you're interested in WW2, espionage, intelligence that sort of thing.
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How to Become a Spy: The World War II SOE Training Manual Kindle Edition
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British Special Operations Executive (SOE) was a British WWII organization. It was officially formed on July 22, 1940, to conduct espionage, sabotage, and reconnaissance in occupied Europe against the Axis powers and to aid local resistance movements. Few people were aware of SOE’s existence; at times it was referred to as Churchill’s Secret Army” or the Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare.” After the war, the organization was dissolved on January 15, 1946. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00YLQWC1E
- Publisher : Skyhorse (9 June 2015)
- Language : English
- File size : 2137 KB
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- Print length : 434 pages
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An interesting insight into the SOEReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 February 2020
Spy Manual ExtraordinaryReviewed in the United Kingdom on 2 December 2020
This is an excellent book dealing with the training of spies during the Second World War. So much is within this book, and whatever I write here cannot do it justice. If you are an avid reader of Spies and Spying, Buy this book and learn how much hard work has to be put in to become a Spy.
Ms K. R. Griffiths
A great insight into the training of the bravest of the braveReviewed in the United Kingdom on 3 January 2016
This is a very good book detailing most of the training lectures given to SOE agents during their training. This is a training manual not a book about their training so don't expect that. This book will be a good buy for re-enactors and those interested in the operational side of SOE.
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WWII SpycraftReviewed in the United States on 30 May 2015
I would have given this 5 stars but I now have this book in three formats. The description for this book failed to say that it is the soft cover re-titled, reprinted version of the 2001 hard cover book "SOE Syllabus - Lessons in ungentlemanly warfare, World War II" by Denis Rigden and the 2004 “How to be a Spy: The World War II SOE Training Manual (Secret History Files)” by the same author. I have bought so many books that have been reprinted and re-titled and it just fires me up. So be aware so you do not waste unnecessary money like I did. As for the content, the book is declassified training notes, outlines and instruction in the many facets of WWII secret warfare and spycraft. This book is ideal for researches, historians and military enthusiasts. This is the same program of instruction that the OSS (Office of Strategic Services, the forerunner to the CIA and Green Berets) was trained with at Camp-X in Canada. Great historical source.
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