How to be a Spy: The World War II SOE Training Manual

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Dundurn, Apr 1, 2004 - History - 432 pages
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In the early years of World War II, Special Operations Executive (SOE) set up top secret training schools to instruct prospective agents in the art of being a spy. By the end of 1941, an international network of schools was in operation in secluded locations ranging from the Scottish Highlands to Singapore and Canada. How to Be a Spy reproduces the extensive training manuals used to prepare agents for their highly dangerous missions behind enemy lines. The courses cover a variety of clandestine skills including disguise, surveillance, burglary, interrogation, close combat, and assassination - everything needed to wreak havoc in occupied Europe.

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Contents

Introduction
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SYLLABUS OF LECTURES
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About the author (2004)

Denis Rigden was engaged in information and historical research for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office for over 3 years. He is the author of Kill the Fuhrer: Section X and Operation Foley, and has in recent years made a study of the SOE.

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