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anemone
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In UK MI6 v SOE in WW2-A Whiff of Treachery ???
Posted on: 10/20/2017 7:15:53 AM

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R.D. Foot, who wrote the official history of SOE, died last week (20th February). In his obituary in the Daily Telegraph [Read More] we find the following two paragraphs:

"The genesis of Foot's classic account SOE in France (1966) was almost as clandestine as its subject. In 1958 the Prime Minister, Harold Macmillan, authorized the inception of research, but it was not until two years later that Foot was invited to an interview in the Foreign Office. Even then, it was only after an hour-long grilling that he was asked whether he would like to take on such a project.

There were, his interviewers told him, some conditions: he was not allowed to tell anyone what he was doing -- not even his wife. He was, furthermore, to write his account on the assumption that MI6 did not exist, and without the knowledge or co-operation of the men and women involved."

Thus, Claude Dansey's successors succeeded in covering up MI6's treachery by ensuring that a false history of SOE was written, based on files now back under MI6 control (and the probably false claim that certain files had been lost or burnt) , and without the knowledge of former SOE people.

As this recent obituary shows, Marshall's claim, twenty years after Foot's "classic account", that Dansey, Boddington, and MI6 deliberately betrayed SOE's Prosper network, still remains a potentially explosive issue.

All The King's Men is one of those books which are perhaps even more resonant with a reader today than when they were published.


Were SOE agents deliberately sent to their deaths ??

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Jim
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anemone
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Re: In UK MI6 v SOE in WW2-A Whiff of Treachery ???
Posted on: 10/20/2017 1:23:18 PM

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The possibility that British intelligence sent scores of its own agents to almost certain death in occupied Holland during the Second World War has been raised by the release of Foreign Office files kept secret for 60 years.

The disclosure that more than 50 Dutch agents working for the Special Operations Executive (SOE) may have been sacrificed as part of a complicated "double double agent" game played against the Germans is likely to provoke heated debate in the Netherlands.

The agents, trained in Britain to carry out sabotage, were parachuted straight into the arms of the waiting enemy, which had penetrated the entire SOE network in Holland. Almost all were subsequently executed in concentration camps.

The agents were ensnared by the German operation codenamed Englandspiel (the English Game), which was regarded as one of the Third Reich's greatest counter-intelligence triumphs. It was also the greatest disaster suffered by SOE, which was created by Churchill in 1940 to wage war by sabotage.


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Jim
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