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SOE in France by M.R.D. Foot

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Security in France

 

‘The nature of the work undertaken by SOE made penetration inevitable and considering the number of factors in their favour the Germans cannot be said to have achieved their objects.’1

SOE agents in France needed to keep themselves safe from several overlapping police jurisdictions, some German and some French. We live in a comparatively free society, removed by some distance in time and space from the immediate urgencies of war, hunger, occupation and repression. It is easy for us to forget what life was actually like for SOE's agents in occupied territory, or even for the ordinary inhabitants of France. Every step in their everyday existence might be reported, considered, commented on by one secret police force or another. ...

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