S.O.E. was a small, tough British secret service dirty-tricks department. Its job was to support and stimulate resistance in occupied countries. It was wound up after the war. Its total strength was never more than 10,000 men and 3,200 women, over a third of them secret agents – it exercised vast influence on the war all over the world. This is a readable volume on how S.O.E was created and run, the calibre of the men and women involved, what tools they used and how, when and where they used them, where they did well – and where they did badly. Illustrated with black and white photographs.