Special Ops, 1939-1945: A Manual of Covert Warfare and Training
Zenith Press, 2009 (2009)
Reviewed by Bob Walch
uring World War II Allied partisans, spies and saboteurs risked everything working behind enemy lines to disrupt the flow of troops and supplies. The normal rules of war were usually suspended in these instances and the concealment of oneself, weapons, and equipment was crucial if the clandestine missions were to be successfully carried out.
ilent killing, disguise, covert communications and the art of guerrilla warfare evolved as the conflict continued. Organizations like the British SOE and the American OSS were charged with conducting these operations behind enemy lines. To do so efficiently, they created secret techniques and special pieces of equipment to make the operatives' lives in the field easier.
his volume provides a remarkable insight into the training and techniques of Allied agents throughout the war. You'll discover
The Partisan Leader's Handbook
created in 1939 and documents that focus on topics as diverse as propaganda efforts, sabotage and the art of disguise. There are also a series of illustrations taken from the
Descriptive Catalogue of Special Devices and Supplies
that would do a modern day James Bond proud.
he author provides a short account of the early days of the
British Special Operations Executive
(SOE) and its American counterpart, the
Office of Strategic Services
, whose mission included overseeing the groups charged with conducting clandestine warfare.
fascinating little book containing material not collected in this manner until now,
Special Ops, 1939-1945
offers interesting insights as to how clandestine operations were conducted in Europe during the war. This is certainly an essential read for those who wish to know more about the modus operandi of the Allied secret agent.
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