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Secret Flotillas : Vol. I: Clandestine Sea Operations to Brittany, 1940-1944 - Brooks Richards

Secret Flotillas

Vol. I: Clandestine Sea Operations to Brittany, 1940-1944

Hardcover Published: 4th March 2004
ISBN: 9780714653167
Number Of Pages: 372

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As the fall of France took place, almost the entire coastline of Western Europe was in German hands. Clandestine sea transport operations provided lines of vital intelligence for wartime Britain. These "secret flotillas" landed and picked up agents in and from France, and ferried Allied evaders and escapees. This activity was crucial to the SIS (Secret Intelligence Service) and the SOE (Special Operations Executive). This authoritative publication by the official historian, the late Sir Brooks Richards, vividly describes and analyses the clandestine naval operations that took place during WWII. The account has been made possible through Sir Brooks' access to closed government archives, combined with his own wartime experiences and the recollections of many of those involved.
First published in 1996, the original edition included descriptions of naval operations off French North Africa. The history has now been amended and expanded by Sir Brooks and is now published in two volumes. This first volume concentrates on the sea lines to Brittany.

Preface to the Second Editionp. xiii
Forewordp. xiv
Acknowledgements to the First Editionp. xvi
Acknowledgements to the Second Editionp. xx
Introductionp. 1
The Lost Battle for France: May-June 1940p. 5
The British Clandestine Services in the New Strategic Contextp. 16
Slocum's Section and the First Operations to Northern Francep. 25
First Contacts with the West Coast of Francep. 31
August-October 1940p. 46
November 1940-March 1941p. 71
Did the Abwehr Allow L'émigrant to Escape?p. 81
Soe's Aspirations and Operations: August 1940-June 1941p. 85
Soe's Endeavours to Set Up Independent Sea Transport to Brittany, 1941p. 96
April-November 1941p. 101
October 1941-February 1942p. 110
November 1941-June 1942p. 122
January 1942-March 1943p. 140
West Coast: November 1942-October 1943p. 158
North Coast: Winter 1943-44p. 167
The Aber-Benoît Saga: November-December 1943p. 178
North Coast and the 'Var' Line: August 1943-April 1944p. 211
The 'shelburne' Escape Line: January-March and July-August 1944p. 233
July-August 1944p. 263
Operations for Sis: January-August 1944p. 267
Escapes by Sea from Brittany: 1940-44p. 282
Epiloguep. 289
Notesp. 294
p. 303
p. 331
p. 341
p. 354
Bibliographyp. 356
Indexp. 360
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ISBN: 9780714653167
ISBN-10: 0714653160
Series: Government Official History Series, : Book 1
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 372
Published: 4th March 2004
Publisher: F CASS PUBN
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.44 x 16.31  x 3.61
Weight (kg): 0.84
Edition Number: 2