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Publisher: Frontline Books (May 30, 2009)
Publication Date: October 6, 2013
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SOE SpycraftBenjamin, Cowburn's book "No Cloak, No Dagger" is an accurate and detailed descriptions of Special Operations Executive (SOE) agent activities in occupied and unoccupied France, including details of air drops, line crossing techniques, network communications, and rendezvous techniques. Cowburn was also working the Tinker evasion and escape network lines moving evaders to friendly forces. Well worth the read for insight to WWII special warfare.
I bought this book for several reasons. As an amateur WW2 historian, I was interested in the mechanics of the clandestine Resistance efforts against the Nazis. As a clandestine ham radio operator, I was particularly interested in how the Allied clandestine "pianists" set up and operated their wireless transmitter (W/T). Comparing the chapter "Pianists and Mutes" (pp.154-164) with information gleaned from "Spy Princess", Shrabani Basu's biography on Noor Inayat Khan, it is now evident that SOE "pianists" used both indoor and outdoor stealth antennas to avoid German detection.The book gives a bird's eye view of the SOE effort against the Germans. There are other books that go into greater detail but Cowburn gave a general account from his perspective. REQUIRED READING.
This story does a very good job of expressing the mix of much hum-drum with a modicum of terror. The unconventional railway rides must have been as frightening as the parachute jumps, but to Mr. Coburn it was all part of the day's work. Those who like military history, or the more factual parts of modern military fiction, will certainly appreciate this account. Well done, Mr. Coburn.
Mr Cowburn tells an unvarnished story of life in un-occupied and occupied France. I enjoyed it immensely and recommend it to those who enjoy reading about amateur espionage as practiced by SOE. They did a magnificent job.
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