The D Day War Diaries: French Resistance and the Special Operations Executive (SOE) By James Robertshaw
...The Allied Operation to Recover Europe from German Occupation. This is a very moving book to read.
The Hidden War: We know so much about WWII and yet 10's of 1000's fought, and many died, in a war that was vital but almost unknown.
James Robertshaw puts that right in this book that is jam packed with meticulously researched information about those hero's who operated in the shadows and the Axis attempts to thwart them. Who fought against who and the methods, strategies and resources of both sides. The final excellent element of the D-Day War Diaries.
The SOE was the SIS (Secret Intelligence Service) based at St Ermin’s Hotel in London and then when Major-General Gubbins was appointed it moved to Baker Street in London. The SOE was split into various departments. F Section was responsible for France under Colonel Buckmaster. The book documents all the SOE establishments, all the agents and operations conducted and the outcome of the agents and joint operations with the Maquis. The French Resistance was not organised until Jean Moulin, who was originally in the French Government, got to England and was then parachuted back into France to organise the eight separate organisations under the FFI (French Forces of the Interior) banner. Moulin was betrayed and arrested and then executed. Many of the operations are documented with photographs. Without all this activity the D-Day landings would not have been successful.
James Robertshaw's trademark is the amount of detail in his books. Each is a very convenient treasure trove and this is no exception.