SOE and The Resistance describes the extraordinary contribution to the allied war effort made by the Special Operations Executive, from its formation in 1940 to the end of the war. Within a broadly chronological framework, the book illustrates how resistance was stimulated among the subjugated populations of Europe and the Far East, leading to the sabotage of industry and communications critical to the Axis cause. Ranging from France, through Scandinavia, the Low Countries, North Africa, the Balkans and the Far East, the story unfolds through the lives of the heroic men and women who served with the SOE in enemy-held territory, as recorded in their obituaries in The Times.
Michael Tillotson served in Europe, Malaya, Indo-China, South Arabia and with the UN in Cyprus before retiring as a major-general. He has published a number of books, including Finland at Peace & War and the biography of Field Marshal Lord Bramall. He has contributed military obituaries to The Times since 1997.
Foreword by Professor M.R.D. Foot; Introduction; 1. Structure and Communications; 2. France - Early Days; 3. Scandinavia; 4. North Africa; 5. Greece and Albania; 6. Yugoslavia; 7. France - 1943; 8. France - 1944; 9. France 1944 - The Jedburghs; 10. Long Shots and Forlorn Hopes; 11. Burma; 12. Malaya; Index.