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Author Keene, Tom (Military history researcher), author.

Title Cloak of Enemies [electronic resource] : Churchill's SOE, Enemies at Home and the Cockleshell Heroes / Tom Keene.

Publication Info. [Place of publication not identified] : The History Press, [2012]


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Summary Revealing the back-room politics and scandal behind the birth of the Special Operations ExecutiveThe Special Operations Executive was conceived by Churchill in 1940 to "set Europe ablaze." Yet, SOE was to have many enemies at home before it was even officially sanctioned. As Britain fought for survival, SOE struggled to fend off and outwit Whitehall rivals who threatened its very existence. Revealing a back-stabbing climate of secrecy, rivalry, confusion, and duplication, this book discusses the true cost of that rivalry, the steps that were taken to snuff out SOE, and the tragic effect that a campaign to discredit SOE had upon Operation Frankton, the iconic, small-unit commando raid of World War II that has passed into military legend as the Cockleshell Heroes. In the raid, frail canoes paddled deep into the heart of enemy territory to plant limpet mines on German shipping in Bordeaux harbor in December 1942. It was a raid that cost the lives of all but two of those who took part. Had there been better liaison and cooperation between SOE and its rival, Combined Operations, Operation Frankton need never have been mounted and young lives need never have been squandered. Layer by layer, this history reveals for the first time the true and tragic story that lies behind the raid that has passed into legend.
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Subject Churchill, Winston, 1874-1965 -- Adversaries.
Great Britain. Special Operations Executive -- History.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Commando operations -- France -- Bordeaux (Aquitaine)
Bordeaux Raid, 1942.
Competition -- Political aspects -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
Political culture -- Great Britain -- History -- 20th century.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Military intelligence -- Great Britain.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Secret service -- Great Britain.
Great Britain -- Politics and government -- 1936-1945.
Great Britain -- Military policy.
Genre/Form Electronic books.
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Other Form: Print version: Keene, Tom (Military history researcher). Cloak of enemies. Stroud, Gloucestershire : Spellmount, an imprint of The History Press, 2012. 9780752479750 (DLC)2012454788
ISBN 9780752483757 (e-pub)
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