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No Cloak, No Dagger (ePub)

Allied Spycraft in Occupied France

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By Benjamin Cowburn, Foreword by Sebastian Faulks, Introduction by M R D Foot
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File Size: 508.5 KB (.epub)
Pages: 224
ISBN: 9781783830121
Published: 21st May 2009


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The memoir of SOE agent Benjamin Cowburn is rightly regarded as a classic of wartime literature. In simple, gripping detail Cowburn explains the methods of special agents who were dropped into France during the war and the ways that agents would set about establishing secure networks with the French Resistance.

His account sheds light on the views of both the Resistance fighters facing torture at the hands of the Gestapo and their besieged French countrymen. He also
gives fascinating general lessons in the art of spying from establishing a worthy target to executing an operation, and tells the full story of his own sabotage operations, including the effective destruction of cylinders for thirteen locomotives in the dead of night. As in so many operations, mistakes were made which could have led to numerous arrests. In this case, the details of the operation had accidentally been left on a blackboard in the school where they had planned the raid, but were luckily scrubbed out by the headmaster's wife. On another occasion, Cowburn snuck itching powder into the laundry of Luftwaffe agents to cause a disruption.

This new edition contains an Introduction by M.R.D Foot and a Foreword by Sebastian Faulks.

'A genuinely fascinating insight...I felt I got to know some of the SOE's brave men'


'Cowburn's memoirs, which first appeared in 1960, have now been republished...and they make thrilling reading'

Matthew Cobb, Times Literary Supplement

'Cowburn tells the story as if the events were every day business.'
'This is a book not to be missed'

The Bulletin

'The memoir of SOE agent Benjamin Cowburn is rightly regarded as classic of wartime literature'

Frontline Books

Cowburn gives fascinating general lessons in the art of spying'

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A gripping memoir republished for the first time in 50 years.

The Sunday Telegraph - Seven Magazine - May 2009
 Benjamin Cowburn

About M R D Foot

Professor M.R.D. Foot CBE, sadly passed away in 2012 but still remains a highly respected figure, whose knowledge of secret operations remains unrivalled. He regularly reviewed works in the Spectator and TLS.

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