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The Special Operations Executive in Burma 1941-1945

Secret Agents & Guerrilla Armies in the Second World War

Getting Started: Operational Frustrations in 1943

More plentiful times: a supply drop in Burma, 1945.  Photo credit Sgt. Roger Leney In his history of SOE in the Far East, the official historian, Charles Cruickshank, claims that the organisation existed in a 'funcional vacuum' due to its... Continue Reading →

VE Day 75

Photo Credit Hereford Times What were the men of SOE Burma doing while Victory in Europe was celebrated?  Compiled from various reports and operational diaries, here's their 8 May 1945: Lt.Col. John Cromarty Tulloch, officer commanding Walrus area of Operation... Continue Reading →

Finding ‘Forgotten’ Allies

Although it is difficult to calculate exactly how many Burmese personnel were recruited by SOE for operations within the country, we do know that it was in excess of 20,000.  Those personnel represented at least fourteen different ethnic communities, from... Continue Reading →

Establishing SOE Para Naval Section: Part 2

If you like what you see on my website consider clicking HERE, or buying my book HERE with 35% discount code GLR MP6 The shortage of equipment for the Southeast Asian theatre of operations during the Second World War are... Continue Reading →

SOE on the Imphal Front, November 1942 – March 1944

If you like what you see on my website consider clicking HERE, or buying my book HERE with 35% discount code GLR MP6 Map Credit In the Far East, the Special Operations Executive (SOE) is now fairly well known as... Continue Reading →

Pilferage & Tarpaulins: ‘Q’ Issues

If you like what you see on my website consider clicking HERE, or buying my book HERE with 35% discount code GLR MP6 Photo courtesy of Simon Leney, son of W/T Sergeant Roger Leney Many of the post-operational reports written... Continue Reading →

SOE / SIS Cooperation

If you like what you see on my website consider clicking HERE, or buying my book HERE with 35% discount code GLR MP6 Much has often made of the fractious relationship between the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS,) and the Special... Continue Reading →

Operation Heavy: Burma 1944-45

If you like what you see on my website consider clicking HERE, or buying my book HERE with 35% discount code GLR MP6 Map Credit The two SOE operations in Burma which have had the most exposure are Operation Character... Continue Reading →

Commitments: SOE Burma & Far East

If you like what you see on my website consider clicking HERE, or buying my book HERE with 35% discount code GLR MP6 This post is purely about data.  The aim is simply to show the extent of the SOE... Continue Reading →

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