Forgotten Voices of the Secret War

Forgotten Voices of the Secret War

An Inside History of Special Operations During the Second World War

By Roderick Bailey; Sebastian Faulks (Introduction by)

Ebury Press, Hardcover, 9780091918507, 382pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2008

Drawing on vast archival resources and featuring a mass of previously unpublished personal testimonies, a unique collection of personal testimonies from the men and women of the Special Operations Executive (SOE)a secret organization created early in World War II to encourage resistance and carry out sabotage behind enemy linesis presented in this astounding volume. As their eyewitness testimonies prove, each member of the SOE faced extreme danger and personal risk in their fight to helped tilt the conflict in the Allies favor. The stories captured here include tales of parachute drops into enemy territory, capture and torture by the Gestapo, nerve-wracking sabotage missions, and guerrilla fighting alongside groups as varied as the French resistance, partisans in Yugoslavia, and tribes in the Burmese jungle. Both incredible and informative, this is a gripping first-hand account of the efforts and sacrifices of a unique clandestine force.

About the Author

Sebastian Faulks is the internationally bestselling author of 11 novels, including "Charlotte Gray", which was made into a film starring Cate Blanchett, and the #1 international bestseller and classic "Birdsong", which has sold more than 3 million copies and has been adapted for the stage, for television (starring Eddie Redmayne) and is now in development as a feature film. In 2008, Faulks was invited to write a James Bond novel, "Devil May Care", to mark the centenary of Ian Fleming. In 2011, he presented the 4-part television series "Faulks on Fiction" for the BBC. He lives in London.