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The Coffee Party By Bernard O'Connor
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In February 1942, four passengers dismbarked in Scotland from one of a convoy of ships from Russia. Known as the COFFEE party, they had been sent to Britain as part of a top secret arrangement... More > between Churchill and Stalin to infiltrate Soviet agents into occupied Europe. Originally from Vienna, they were destined to be parachuted into Austria. This historical faction tells their story, one of political intrigue and international diplomacy.< Less
Blackmail Sabotage: Attacks on French industries during World War Two By Bernard O'Connor
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In late-1943 Harry Rée, one of Britain’s secret agents operating in eastern France, witnessed an RAF bombing mission on Peugeot’s automobile factory in Sochaux/Montbéliard.... More > As many bombs missed their target, damaging houses and killing innocent French civilians, he was aware that it could turn public opinion against the Allies. With the agreement of his boss in the Special Operations Executive, he approached one of Peugeot’s directors and made him an offer. Agree to have your vital machinery sabotaged or have the factory destroyed by British or American bombers. To help him decide, he was offered compensation by the Allies after the war. When this novel approach proved successful, SOE set up a blackmail sabotage committee which targeted over thirty French factories. Over twenty specially trained agents, both men and women, were infiltrated on missions which included blackmail sabotage. This book details their successes and failures.< Less
Sabotage in Norway By Bernard O'Connor
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Between 1940 and 1945 over forty Norwegians were trained in industrial sabotage at Brickendonbury Manor, near Hertford, U.K. and infiltrated by the 'Shetland Bus', fishing boats, motorboats or... More > submarines or parachuted by planes to attack targets across Norway. Whilst most will have heard of the sabotage of the Norsk heavy water plant at Vemork, this book tells the stories of some of their other successes and failures.< Less
Sabotage in France By Bernard O'Connor
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Between 1940 and 1944 dozens of French men and some women were trained in industrial sabotage at Brickendonbury Manor, near Hertford, UK before being infiltrated into France on top secret missions to... More > destroy transport, industrial and telecommunications targets. They included Raymond Basset, Madeleine Bayard, Georges Bergé, M. Bernard, Raymond Cabard, Francis Cammaerts, Marcel Clech, Elizabeth Devereaux-Rochester, J. Forman, John Farmer, Georges, Albert Guèrisse (Pat O’Leary), André Jarrot, Jules Lesage, J. le Tac, Claude Peri, Petit-Laurent, Jean Pillet, Harry Rée, J. Renault, Charles Rechenmann, Robert Rodriguez, Maurice Southgate, André Varnier, Nancy Wake and Pearl Witherington. Numerous other French men and women took part in sabotage activities and their contribution to the country’s liberation needs to be acknowledged.< Less