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Brighton’s Secret Agents

The Brighton & Hove Contribution to Britain’s WW2 Special Operations’ Executive

Distributed for Uniform Press

Brighton’s Secret Agents

The Brighton & Hove Contribution to Britain’s WW2 Special Operations’ Executive

During World War II, Winston Churchill authorized the creation of a new wartime secret service called the Special Operations Executive, whose order was to “set Europe ablaze.” In Brighton’s Secret Agents, Paul McCue tells a true story of heroism in extraordinary times, with a focus on four fantastic agents: Lieutenant Jacqueline Nearne, Captain Michael Trotobas, Captain Edward Zeff, and Captain Ronald Taylor.
 
In this book, McCue details the organization’s creation and postwar demise, its training methods, and the missions of the four chief subjects. He also covers three other agents, including a special duties RAF pilot who was the inspiration for Q from the James Bond stories.  As McCue shows, some agents enjoyed great success, while others were doomed to failure and death, but all displayed the volunteer spirit and courage that saw Britain through the darkest days of the war. Their stories, largely little known, are here finally told.
 

168 pages | 150 photographs | 6 3/4 x 9 1/4 | © 2017

History: British and Irish History, Military History


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Reviews

"In 1942, Jacqueline Nearne was invited to interview at the War Office in London for what she hoped would be a translator job. Although the 26-year-old was born in Brighton, England, she’d grown up in France, and was fluent in both languages. Nearne must have been startled when the interviewer asked how she felt about parachuting from an airplane, or if she’d consider taking a job that offered only a 50/50 chance of survival. She hadn’t realized it when she’d entered the room, but she was being considered for a job with the Special Operations Executive (SOE), a new wartime secret service established in 1940. SOE liked to think outside the box when looking for recruits, and its secret agents included taxi drivers, shop clerks, racecar drivers, school teachers, a Chilean actress, and an American female journalist with a wooden leg."

Air and Space Magazine

Table of Contents

Introduction
Notes to the Text
Part 1- The Special Operations Executive (SOE)
Chapter 1 The Birth of SOE
Chapter 2 Operations In France
Chapter 3 Training And Despatch
Part 2- The SOE Agents Born In Brighton
Chapter 4 Lieutenant Jacqueline NEarne – MBE Croix de Guerre
French Section
Chapter 5 Captain Ronald Taylor
Italian Section (No. 1 Special Force)
Chapter 6 Captain Michael Trotobas
French Section
Chapter 7 Captain Edward Zeff- MBE Croix de Guerre
French Section
Part 3- They Also Served
Chapter 8 Lieutenant Roland Alexandre
French Section
Chapter 9 Lieutenant Frank Bec- Légion d’honneur
French Section
Chapter 10 Lieutenant Marcus Bloom
French Section
Chapter 11 Charles Fraser-Smith
Ministry Of Supply
Chapter 12 Flight Lieutenant Stephen Hankey
161 (Special Duties) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Part 4- Post-War
Chapter 13 The Cost
 

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