All the King's Men: The Truth Behind SOE's Greatest Wartime by Robert Marshall

By Robert Marshall

The tale of mystery carrier treachery within the moment international conflict. It describes how the top of MI6, piqued through Chruchill's developing of SOE as a rival sabotage and intelligence association, devised a capture, utilizing a double agent, Henri Dericourt, to break the complete of SOE's intelligence community in France. for this reason approximately 1,000 women and men have been arrested, 1000's of whom died in focus camps.

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This volume is, therefore, a golden opportunity to present that material in as much detail as the narrative will allow. I am indebted to a great many people who contributed much to the research and who deserve proper recognition. Daniella Dangoor, who combed the French archives exhaustively; Dr Stephen Badsey, military historian, who volunteered his time and knowledge in areas that were remote from my experience; Dr Katherine Herbig at the US Naval College in Monterey, California, an expert in strategic deception, who allowed me access to many papers unavailable in Britain; and finally – but most importantly – Larry Collins, author of Fall from Grace, who allowed me to read the typescripts of a great many invaluable interviews that were recorded with people now long dead.

When he had finished, Déricourt packed a small bag with toothbrush, soap and towel. 2 On 29 November he was taken to DST headquarters and before the Commissaire de Police, René Gouillaud, he was charged with having had ‘intelligence with the enemy’, for which the punishment was death. Twelve months later, he was still awaiting trial. My affair will have to come to an end and I will have to be released. I have many great projects to do and many good things in store. Perhaps we could just pack our bags and go to that little corner and breed ducks.

On the day that Germany invaded Poland, Nicholas Bodington watched a parade of the uncommitted and complaining new army, from his window at the Hotel Philadelphia. His only preoccupation, and that of most journalists, was what exactly was France going to do about Poland? 2 On 9 September he reported the movement of a number of French Army groups into the Saar district of Germany, effectively straightening a number of sinuous kinks in the frontier and taking some thirty-six German villages in the process.

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