Canadians Behind Enemy Lines, 1939-1945

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UBC Press, Apr 30, 2004 - History - 352 pages
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During the Second World War, almost one hundred Canadians served the Allied forces by passing as locals in occupied countries. At the behest of two British secret services, these men made language and custom their costumes. They risked their lives assisting resistance groups in sabotage and ambush missions or in smuggling Allied airmen out of occupied territories. Quiet heroes of the war, these bold Canadians helped to make the brutal and unrelenting warfare of the underground a potent weapon in the Allied arsenal. This is a study of unstinting personal courage in the face of overwhelming odds.

 

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Contents

The Beginnings
1
Recruitment of Canadians
11
Special Operations Executive
25
The First Canadian Agents into France
27
Victims
44
Playing the Radio Game
57
The Executions
65
Survivors
75
The Balkans and Italy
155
Asia
177
Sarawak
192
Burma
201
Malaya
221
Escape and Evasion
245
Dieppe and Beyond
261
The Mediterranean and Asia
287

The Triumph of the Aged and Redundant
86
DDay
105
Assignments from Algiers
116
Yugoslavia
129
Epilogue
300
Bibliography
317
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About the author (2004)

The Honourable Roy MacLaren, a graduate of the Universities of British Columbia, Toronto, and Cambridge, was a diplomat, businessman, and Member of Parliament. He was Minister of State (Finance), Minister of National Revenue, Minister of International Trade, and High Commissioner for Canada in the United Kingdom. He is a director of several corporations as well as non-profit organizations in both Britain and Canada. He is the author of four other books on Canadian military and political subjects.

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