The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, Part 1


“Assassination of Reinhard Heydrich” by Terence Cuneo, circa 1942. Via the National Archives (United Kingdom), document record INF3/24, public domain

After the Germans invaded France in 1940, an idea sprouted in the highest levels of Great Britain's leadership. From that idea, the Special Operations Executive was born. And in many ways, it changed the way wars were fought forever.

Holly's Research:

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Topics in this Podcast: Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, Special Operations Executive, World War II, European history, British history, Espionage, Spies, covert operations, Winston Churchill