By Kate Atkinson
From the unique (hardback) ISBN: 9780316176538
In Life After Life Ursula Todd lived during the turbulent occasions of the final century time and again. In A God in Ruins, Atkinson turns her specialise in Ursula’s liked more youthful brother Teddy – would-be poet, RAF bomber pilot, husband and father – as he navigates the perils and development of the twentieth century. For all Teddy endures in conflict, his maximum problem may be to stand dwelling in a destiny he by no means anticipated to have.
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There are also agents recruited in the field by these 'men from England'; paid and directed by them but never themselves in direct contact with SOE. Finally there is the whole mass of resistance workers who took some money, or some arms, or some guidance from SOE, but were not in any sense at all its servants. 28 SOE SYLLABUS From all this, it is clear that any estimate of the total number of SOE agents would only be a foolish guess. Conclusion What did SOE achieve? It failed to 'set Europe ablaze', as Churchill tasked it to do, but it made a huge contribution to the wa r effort.
From the SOE's Catalogue Special Devices and Supplks. (TNA: PRO, HS 7/28) or How SOE was organized The Special Operations Executive was controlled by the Minister of Economic Warfare - Hugh Dalton until February 1942 and the third Earl ofSelborne for the rest of the war. Dr Dalton, a Labour Party intellectual, is best remembered as the Chancellor of the Exchequer from 1945 to 1947. He was made a life peer in 1960. Lord Selborne, a Conservative, held junior government posts in the 1920s and was an important figure in the cement industry.
If Gunnerside had failed or never been attempted, Hitler would have continued with his atomic weapons research programme. SOE's other greatest achievement was its contribution to the liberation of France. The maquis' sabotage of bridges, railways and other major installations seriously delayed German army reinforcements reaching Normandy in June 1944. European Resistance movements, the recipients of massive aid from SOE and OSS, were regarded by General Eisenhower as a strategic weapon. In his opinion the disparate bodies comprising the French Resistance 'shortened the war [in Europe] by nine months'.
A God in Ruins (Todd Series, Book 2) by Kate Atkinson