The Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare, Part 2


A sealed glass phial containing 25 grams of “heavy water” from Norsk Hydro, similar to what was targeted for destruction in the Special Operations Executive’s Operations Grouse, Freshman and Gunnerside. Photo by SSPL/Getty Images

The exploits of the Special Operations Executive are the stuff of legend. This episode continues to look at a few of the group's missions, and what became of the SOE after WWII.

Holly's Research:

  • McGlynn, M.B. “GORGOPOTAMOS VIADUCT.” Special Services in Greece. New Zealand Electronic Text Collection. Victoria University of Wellington Library. http://nzetc.victoria.ac.nz/tm/scholarly/tei-WH2-2Epi-c1-WH2-2Epi-j.html
  • Worrall, Simon. “Inside the Daring Mission That Thwarted a Nazi Atomic Bomb.”National Geographic. June 5, 2016. https://news.nationalgeographic.com/2016/06/winter-fortress-neal-bascomb-heroes-of-telemark-nazi-atomic-bomb-heavy-water/
  • Addison, Paul. “The Road to 1945: British Politics and the Second World War.” Pimlico. 1994.
  • Bascomb, Neil. “The Winter Fortress: The Epic Mission to Sabotage Hitler's Atomic Bomb.” Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 2016.
  • Morris, Nigel. “The Special Operations Executive 1940 – 1946.” BBC. Feb. 17, 2011. http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/soe_01.shtml
  • “Operation Gunnerside.” Atomic Heritage Foundation. July 28, 2017. https://www.atomicheritage.org/history-page-type/espionage
  • “1943: The Heroes of Telemark.” Hydro. August 3, 2016. https://www.hydro.com/en/about-hydro/Our-history/1929---1945/1943-The-Heroes-of-Telemark/
  • “Hitler’s Sunken Secret – Lake Tinn.” Promare. http://www.promare.org/archive/archive-norway/archive-norway-lake-tinn/
  • Steinacher, Gerald. “The Special Operations Executive (SOE) in Austria, 1940-1945.” University of Nebraska-Lincoln Faculty Publications, Department of History. 2002. Special Operations Executive (SOE) in Austria, 1940-1945
  • Lewis, Damien. “Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare: How Churchill's Secret Warriors Set Europe Ablaze and Gave Birth to Modern Black Ops.” Quercus; Reprint edition. 2016.
  • Seeger, J.R. “Learning From World War II Special Operations.” Studies in Intelligence. Vol 59, No. 4. (Extracts, December 2015.) https://www.cia.gov/library/center-for-the-study-of-intelligence/csi-publications/csi-studies/studies/vol-59-no-4/pdfs/Seeger-WII-Special-Ops.pdf
  • Astley, Joan Bright. “The Inner Circle: A View of War at the Top.” Little, Brown. 1971.
  • Tolppanen, Bradley. “Great Contemporaries: Frederick Lindemann (“The Prof”).” The Churchill Project. Hillsdale College. Feb. 17, 2016. https://winstonchurchill.hillsdale.edu/frederick-lindemann/

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