A most ungentlemanly way of war : the SOE and the Canadian by Bernd Horn

By Bernd Horn

An exam of the certain Operations govt (SOE), its accomplishments, and the Canadian connection to the organization.

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The Canadian connection was not long in coming. Very quickly, it became evident that there was a lack of British personnel who were not only thoroughly acquainted with the target countries to which they were to be sent, but who also possessed the necessary cultural and linguistic skills. Moreover, those who would serve in the SOE would also need extreme levels of courage and tenacity as they were required to live the lives of fugitives, constantly on the alert, always hunted, and with the threat of torture and death always at their shoulder.

Furthermore, he strongly believed that only offensive action could sustain public and military morale — offensive action represented a shift in initiative. By striking at the enemy, an opponent is forced to take defensive measures that represent a diversion of scarce resources. The more an antagonist is required to allocate forces and energy on defending his territory, the weaker becomes his ability to launch expeditionary initiatives. For that reason, Churchill directed General Hastings Ismay, his principal military adviser, to liaise with the Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee to develop a more offensive approach.

7] By July 8, Winston Churchill, the eternal proponent of audacious offensive action and an individual always willing to entertain new ideas, pressed Neville Chamberlain, now the lord president of the War Cabinet committee, to ascertain what progress had been made on development of the new organization responsible for irregular warfare. Momentum now propelled the initiative forward. Churchill, like Dalton, supported the need for a single organization to coordinate irregular warfare activities.

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