During the Second World War, Canadians found themselves behind enemy lines in Europe and Asia. Not all were ill-fated airmen, shot down in the fury of battle. Some were there by design, as volunteers who risked their lives in extremely hazardous assignments.
Almost one hundred Canadians served the Allied forces by passing as locals in occupied countries. At the behest of two British secret services, these men made language and custom their costumes and wove themselves into the social fabric of France, Italy, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Burma, Malaya, and Sarawak. They risked their lives assisting resistance groups in sabotage and ambush missions or in smuggling Allied airmen out of occupied territories. Quiet heroes of the war, these bold Canadians helped to make the brutal and unrelenting warfare of the underground a potent weapon in the Allied arsenal.
Out of print for more than two decades, this bestselling book recognizes the unique contribution of these individuals to the underground war effort. It is also a study of unstinting personal courage in the face of overwhelming odds.
The Honourable Roy MacLaren, a graduate of the Universities of British Columbia, Toronto, and Cambridge, was a diplomat, businessman, and Member of Parliament. He was Minister of State (Finance), Minister of National Revenue, Minister of International Trade, and High Commissioner for Canada in the United Kingdom. He is a director of several corporations as well as non-profit organizations in both Britain and Canada. He is the author of four other books on Canadian military and political subjects.
Illustrations Preface to the 2004 Edition Preface to the 1981 Edition Part One: Two Clandestine Organizations 1 The Beginnings 2 Recruitment of Canadians Part Two: Special Operations Executive 3 The First Canadian Agents into France 4 Victims 5 Playing the Radio Game 6 The Executions 7 Survivors 8 The Triumph of the Aged and Redundant 9 D-Day 10 Assignments from Algiers 11 Yugoslavia 12 The Balkans and Italy 13 Asia 14 Sarawak 15 Burma 16 Malaya Part Three: M.I.9 17 Escape and Evasion 18 Dieppe and Beyond 19 The Cross-Channel Ferry 20 The Mediterranean and Asia Epilogue Appendix: Frogmen in Burma Notes Bibliography Index