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Subject

Special Operations Executive (SOE)

Group  From 22/7/1940  To 1946

Categories: Armed Forces, War Memorial WW2

Countries: France, Germany

Spies, basically, working for the UK in WW2. Formed by Churchill and variously known as "Churchill's Secret Army", "The Baker Street Irregulars", the Pythonesque "Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare" or the deliberately dull-sounding "Joint Technical Board" or "Inter-Service Research Bureau". 117 SOE agents did not survive their missions to France. There is a plaque outside St Paul’s Church in Knightsbridge which gives the names of the women SOE agents who died in WW2. Culture 24 gives some detail of the SOE activities around Baker Street.

Parachuted into France the women operatives had a life expectancy of only 6 weeks, due, according to current thinking, to the incompetence of the SOE.

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Special Operations Executive (SOE)

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49899

Free French plaque

Alamy have a photo of the unveiling.

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67991

Noor Inayat Khan bust

The Guardian reports: "the first stand-alone memorial to an Asian woman in th...

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48642

Special Operations Executive (SOE)

See Musee de la Resistance for more information on this plaque (in French).

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74635

Telemark

In this building SOE's Norwegian section planned the Telemark raid to disrupt...

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57681

Violette Szabo & SOE

Unveiled by the Duke.

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