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The shadowy undercover work of the American OSS and the British SOE in World War II - usually behind enemy lines or close to the hard action - is a tale of unbelievable daring and bravery.

In this compilation of actual events author Ian Dear details specific actions - code breaking, blockade running, guerrilla action, bombing missions, sniper and assassination work, running double agents, training work and recruitment methods.

During WWII daring and highly unusual missions were mounted by the Special Operations Executive - formed on Churchill's orders “to set Europe ablaze” - and its American counterpart, the Office of Strategic Services.

In 16 chapters the author describes how the fearless individuals in these clandestine organisations were recruited, trained and armed, and examines some of their guerrilla operations in Europe, Africa and the Far East, such as the raid on Fernando Po, the destruction of Gorgopotamos Bridge in Greece and the strike against Japanese shipping in Singapore harbour.

Also covered are the means SOE and OSS used to subvert the enemy, by employing black propaganda, forgery, pornography and black market currency manipulation.

It may well read like fiction but the stories are fact, and shows to what lengths the Allies were prepared to go to crush the Axis powers.

Sabotage and Subversion: The SOE and OSS at War by Ian Dear is a 2002 reprint of the 1996 original by Cassell Military Paperbacks, London.

It is a 224-page 13x20cm edition in near-new condition with many maps and line drawings and some great secretly taken wartime photographs.

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