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Canadians Behind Enemy Lines, 1939-1945

During the Second World War, almost one hundred Canadians served the Allied forces by passing as locals in occupied countries. At the behest of two British secret services, these men made language and custom their costumes. They risked their lives assisting resistance groups in sabotage and ambush missions or in smuggling Allied airmen out of occupied territories. Quiet heroes of the war, these bold Canadians helped to make the brutal and unrelenting warfare of the underground a potent weapon in the Allied arsenal. This is a study of unstinting personal courage in the face of overwhelming odds.

352 pages

Table of Contents


Preface to the 2004 Edition

Preface to the 1981 Edition

Part One: Two Clandestine Organizations

1 The Beginnings

2 Recruitment of Canadians

Part Two: Special Operations Executive

3 The First Canadian Agents into France

4 Victims

5 Playing the Radio Game

6 The Executions

7 Survivors

8 The Triumph of the Aged and Redundant

9 D-Day

10 Assignments from Algiers

11 Yugoslavia

12 The Balkans and Italy

13 Asia

14 Sarawak

15 Burma

16 Malaya Part Three: M.I.9

17 Escape and Evasion

18 Dieppe and Beyond

19 The Cross-Channel Ferry

20 The Mediterranean and Asia


Appendix: Frogmen in Burma




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