Churchill's Secret Army - World War II

The Special Operations Executive (SOE) was a organisation. Following approval, it was officially formed by on 22 July 1940, to conduct, and in against the, and to aid local

It was initially also involved in the formation of the, a top secret ""; resistance organisation which would have been activated in the event of a

Few people were aware of SOE's existence. To those who were part of it or liaised with it, it was sometimes referred to as "the";, after the location of its London headquarters. It was also known as "Churchill's Secret Army" or the "Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare". For security purposes, various branches, and sometimes the organisation as a whole, were concealed behind names such as the "Joint Technical Board" or the "Inter-Service Research Bureau", or fictitious branches of the, or

SOE operated in all countries or former countries occupied by or attacked by the Axis forces, except where demarcation lines were agreed with Britain's principal allies (the and the It also made use of neutral territory on occasion, or made plans and preparations in case neutral countries were attacked by the Axis. The organisation directly employed or controlled just over 13,000 people, about 3,200 of whom were women. It is estimated that SOE supported or supplied about 1,000,000 worldwide.

After the war, the organisation was officially dissolved on 15 January 1946. A memorial to SOE's agents was unveiled in London in October 2009. It is situated on the Albert Embankment by Lambeth Palace.


By: Donegal (9704.50)

Tags: Special Operations Executive, SOE, World War II,

Location: United Kingdom


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