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Thailand's Secret War : OSS, SOE and the Free Thai Underground During World War II : The Cambridge Military Histories Series - E. Bruce Reynolds

Thailand's Secret War : OSS, SOE and the Free Thai Underground During World War II

The Cambridge Military Histories Series

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Published: 28th April 2015
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This book is an absorbing account of secret operations and political intrigue in wartime Thailand. During World War II Free Thai organizations cooperated with Allied intelligence agencies in an effort to rescue their nation from the consequences of its 1941 alliance with Japan. They largely succeeded despite internal differences and the conflicting interests and policies of their would-be-allies, China, Great Britain and the United States. London's determination to punish Thailand placed the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) at a serious disadvantage in its rivalry with the American Office of Strategic Services (OSS). The US State Department, in contrast, strongly supported OSS operations in Thailand, viewing them as a vehicle for promoting American political and economic influence in mainland Southeast Asia. Declassification of the records of the OSS and the SOE now permits full revelation of this complex story of heroic action and political intrigue.

'... the tangled history of the covert operations in Thailand carried out by the SOE, the American Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and the Free Thai Underground, which is meticulously unravelled by E. Bruce Reynolds in Thailand's Secret War.' Tribune 'Is an enjoyable account of the differing agendas of the British and American agents who jockeyed for post-war advantage in the country.' Kansai Time Out 'The book is an exemplar of close-knit historical investigation ... the author is to be congratulated on a fine intellectual effort.' Asian Affairs

List of illustrations
List of maps
Preface
Acknowledgements
Notes on names and transliteration
Prologue
The origins of the Free Thai Movement
The China tangle
Chamkat and the Allies
Showdown in Friendship Valley
Frustrated hopes
Contact at last
The OSS commits to Pridi
Pridi's bid for national redemption
Arming and training the underground
The end game
Epilogue
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521836012
ISBN-10: 0521836018
Series: Cambridge Military Histories
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 484
Published: 28th April 2015
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 3.2
Weight (kg): 0.89