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With SOE in Greece (ePub)

The Wartime Experiences of Captain Pat Evans

WWII Military History

By Tom Evans
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
File Size: 7.3 MB (.epub)
Pages: 160
ISBN: 9781526725141
Published: 3rd April 2018

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Endorsement from Dr Roderick Bailey

Beautifully written and drawing on years of painstaking research, this is an excellent account of a young SOE officer’s gruelling and hazardous experiences behind the lines in war-torn Europe, and a superior contribution to the history of SOE and wartime Greece.

Dr Roderick Bailey, official SOE historian, author of Target Italy: The Secret War on Mussolini and The Wildest Province: SOE in the Land of the Eagle

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Pat Evans parachuted into German-occupied Northern Greece in September 1943. His mission as a SOE operative was to support the Greek resistance movement, carry out sabotage and commando operations and gather military intelligence.

By this time Greece was not only a country ravaged by a brutal occupation but being torn apart by fending political factions on the edge of civil war. Evans had to walk a tight-rope between the Germans, the Communist –directed ELAS, Macedonia irredentists and his own SOE masters in Cairo and Allied High Command.

After the Nazis withdrew in late 1944, he was sent to Northern Greece to try and restore some form of normality amid the chaos of civil war. His success can be measured by the warmth in which the locals still remember him, over 70 years on.

This book draws on a wide range of sources, including SOE and War Cabinet papers but it is Pat Evans’ unpublished letters and reports that give the reader an insight into the challenge that he faced, both operationally and politically.

The result is a thrilling and informative book.

This is a superbly researched book by the son of a young army officer parachuted into German held territory to co-ordinate the efforts of local partisans.

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Amazon Reviewer, D. L. Stevens

There is little direct military action in the book, but it is a very atmospheric account of life in mountainous northern Greece - ...

... It is also a classic account of how difficult it is, having lived such an experience, to adjust to civilian life afterwards.

Miniature Wargames, August 2018 - reviewed by Chris Jarvis

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Beautifully written and drawing on years of painstaking research, this is an excellent account of a young SOE officer’s gruelling and hazardous experiences behind the lines in war-torn Europe, and a superior contribution to the history of SOE and wartime Greece.

Dr Roderick Bailey, official SOE historian, author of Target Italy: The Secret War on Mussolini and The Wildest Province: SOE in the Land of the Eagle

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Wargames Illustrated, April 2018

About Tom Evans

Pat Evans travelled to Corfu after leaving Oxford before the War. His local knowledge and language secured him the SOE assignment which is the subject of this book. He died in 1994.

Tom Evans, Pat’s only son is an artist, photographer and lecturer. He is a previously published author and lives in Kent.

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