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by Fredric Boyce

The history of Special Operations Executive (Soe) seems to spring a never-ending run of surprises, and here are some more. This book explores the mysterious world of the tools Soe used for their missions of subversion and sabotage. An often grim reality is confronted that is more akin to the world of James Bond and Q's workshop than previously believed. Written by two scientists, one of whom served in the Soe and one who was tasked with clearing up after it was disbanded; their insider knowledge presents a clear account of the way in which Soe's inventors worked. From high explosive technology to chemical and biological devices; from the techniques of air supply to incendiarism; from camouflage to underwater warfare; and from radio communications to weaponry, Soe: The Scientific Secrets is a revelation about the tools that allowed the murky world of spying and spies to operate during wartime.
Download Soe: The Scientific Secrets epub
ISBN: 0752453297
ISBN13: 978-0752453293
Category: History
Subcategory: Military
Author: Fredric Boyce
Language: English
Publisher: The History Press; UK ed. edition (August 1, 2009)
Pages: 368 pages
ePUB size: 1698 kb
FB2 size: 1753 kb
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 885
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Very good information with less good illustrations. Much better than other books of this type. Wish the book was larger. Once read, I don't need to take it along. Size makes reading more tiresome and illustrations less useful. Pleased to have it in my library.
Much of this book was tedious discussion of bureaucracy and military organization. Not enough of it was about SOE devices.
We have been watching Foyle's War on DVDs. This book tells of the SOE's attempts at espionage during the time period of the movie. Many of the devices are mentioned n the movie. This book was extremely interesting.
A very complete work. This is probably the best information we'll have, considering the post war destruction of records. Highly recommend
It is a shame that most of the records, prototype gadgets, information on what was actually done and what was actually used in WWII by SOE is lost forever -destroyed pst-War. What is worthwhile in the book is exposure of what is known and the typical bureaucratic BS faced even by a tip of the spear operation in WWII Britain.

Those familiar with Foyle's War and The French Drop will recognize The Frythe as the location used as part of SOE in the Foyle episode. The same resentment of SOE by British Intellegence Services etc. that is part of French Drop is in this fine little book. Worth having.