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ISBN:
178159080X
Author:
Brook Richards
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Politics & Government
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English
Publisher:
Pen and Sword (January 19, 2013)
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416 pages
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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.

Clandestine sea transport operations provided lines of vital intelligence for wartime Britain. 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 World War Two.

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These 'secret flotillas' landed and picked up agents i. Appendix A: Clandestine Sea Transport Operations to North and West Coasts of France, 1940-44. Foreword Part 1: Clandestine Sea Lines to Brittany - 1940-1944 1. May-June 1940: The Lost Battle for France 2. The British Clandestine Services in the New Strategic Context 3. Slocum's Section and the First Operations to Northern France 4. First Contacts with the West Coast of France 5. August-October 1940 6. November 1940 - March 1941 7. Did the Abwehr Allow. Appendix B: Clandestine Escapes and Contacts at Sea by Vessels from Breton Ports, 1940-44.

Home Browse Books Book details, Secret Flotillas: Clandestine Sea Operations t. .Secret Flotillas: Clandestine Sea Operations to Brittany, 1940-1944 - Vol. 1. By Brook Richards. Had the book remained as one volume it would have become unwieldy with the weight of new information that has come to light in the interim.

Clandestine sea transport operations provided lines of vital. Foot, . Richards, B. (2004). With the fall of France, almost the entire coastline of Western Europe was in German hands. Clandestine sea transport operations provided lines of vital intelligence for wartime Britain.

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Sir Brook Richards had two great advantages when writing these books. July-August 1944 XX - Operations for SIS: January-August 1944 XXI - Escapes by Sea from Brittany: 1940-44

Sir Brook Richards had two great advantages when writing these books. Second, he actually took part in some of the operations being discussed, winning the DSC for his part in these actions. July-August 1944 XX - Operations for SIS: January-August 1944 XXI - Escapes by Sea from Brittany: 1940-44.

Start reading Secret Flotillas Vol 1 on your Kindle in under a minute. Richard's theme is clandestine maritime insertion of agents and supplies primarily of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) and SOE as well as the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and Free French elements and extraction of SIS, SOE, French operatives and their families, as well as downed pilots and other troops by MI-9 and primarily Frenchmen fleeing occupied France to join the.

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Clandestine sea transport operations provided lines of vital intelligence for wartime Britain.

Volume: Volume 1. Год: 2004.

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.This authoritative publication by the official historian, the late Sir Brooks Richards, vividly describes and analyses the clandestine naval operations that took place during World War Two.
  • Voodoogore
well worth reading they made history. my wifes grandfather won the DSM & is mentioned
  • Binar
Great book. Well written and informative.
  • Mysterious Wrench
My old shipmate from Special Boat Unit 13, Jim Gray, and I have been exchanging books and articles about fast attack craft, riverine and unconventional naval warfare for over twenty years. A few months ago, Jim highly recommended "Secret Flotillas" and thought I would particularly like the second volume which focused on clandestine operations in the Mediterranean theater. Though he warned me these books had cost him well over $100 US dollars each, they were well worth the price; and Jim is much thriftier than I am. I did some sleuthing on the internet and saw former Special Operations Executive (SOE) officer Sir Brooks Richard wrote "Secret Flotillas" in 1996 and due to new material and encouragement from his colleagues, he divided the revised work into two volumes covering operations on France's Western Coast (Volume I ) and the Mediterranean and Aegean (Volume II). Used hardback editions were indeed well over $150; though Pen and Sword had come out with a paperback edition of Volume I which was about $29 and they would be publishing Volume II for about $45 in a few months. I agonized whether to buy the hard backed or paperback version. Thrift won, and I purchased the paperback of Volume I.

This was such an excellent book that after reading a few chapters and a chat or two with Jim, I purchased a hard backed edition of Volume II. Volume I focuses on the clandestine operations from fishermen taking evaders (civilian and military) and operatives to and from occupied France to obtaining occasional Royal Navy support with detached crews and submarines and later dedicated Motor Gun Boats (MGB's) and specialized clandestine craft MFV2023 and SSN-1 surfboats. Though the author mentions a few commando raids, Fernando Po in Africa and the SSRF raid on the Channel Islands which prompted Hitler's order to execute commandos which are better detailed in other books; offensive raids are not included nor is there any mention of clandestine beach reconnaissance of the French Coast. Richard's theme is clandestine maritime insertion of agents and supplies primarily of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) and SOE as well as the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and Free French elements and extraction of SIS, SOE, French operatives and their families, as well as downed pilots and other troops by MI-9 and primarily Frenchmen fleeing occupied France to join the fight in England. The narrative chronologically depicts the changing situations in England and France from very porous security and chaotic amateur affairs to far more professional actions with much higher stakes on both ends. Richard's writing is excellent and introduces the reader to fantastic men and women conducting brilliant feats of navigation, seamanship and intelligence gathering in an extremely hostile environment: rocky coasts with large tidal ranges, huge currents from the exchange between the Atlantic and North Sea, very short summer nights of the high latitudes and generally nasty weather (don't let those romantic BBC idylls fool you). You will meet such impossible characters as Lt David Birkin, Hubert Moreau and Daniel Lomenech relying on dead reckoning and daring rather than embryonic radio beacons or radar; the gunboat captains Jan Mason, Mike Marshal and Peter Williams as well as the Sibril family building clandestine craft under the Nazi's noses.

There are some very good photos which support the principal characters and their craft but are not good references for the modeler. This is about what you would expect from a book published from the 1940's through the 1980's ("The Filibusters," "Cockleshell Heroes," "Secret Navies," "Undercover Sailors" etc). What it really lacks from the bygone era are a few fold out maps which would be easily worth another two or three dollars per copy. What are included are really more diagrams, and the one on page 220-221 depicting the Beg-am-Fry Operations is galling as the critical area you will read about is in the crease. This would be better turned on its side and displayed on a single page. The same holds true for the maps in the hard backed Volume II.

This fabulous, beautifully written book is well worth the money. Unless you are buying for a professional library such as the UDT/SEAL Museum, Central Intelligence Agency or the Naval Academy, the paperback is well bound, durable and serviceable. Pen and Sword has done a magnificent job bringing a true treasure back at a very reasonable price.