Mission Accomplished: SOE and Italy 1943-1945

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From the author of Endgame: 1945 comes the first ever complete and authoritative account of Britain's secret war—a potent mix of military history and clandestine derring-do behind enemy lines  Based on recently released official files, documents retrieved from other agencies, diaries, memoirs, and personal interviews, this first ever complete and authoritative account of Britain's secret war in Italy traces the the heroic exploits, the larger than life participants, and the extraordinary, against-the-odds achievements. In May 1945 Italy was liberated from Nazism and Fascism by the British Eighth and American Fifth Armies. The Italian resistance movement had emerged as one of the strongest in Europe, aided and abetted by the UK's Special Operations Executive. As what Winston Churchill graphically described as the "red-hot rake of the battle-line" advanced bloodily up the Italian peninsula, clandestine cells in the cities and partisan bands in the countryside fought to free their country from enemy occupation and shape the politics of Italy's post-war future. SOE in Italy, known as No. 1 Special Force, parachuted in dozens of missions to supply the underground with weapons and ammunition, food and supplies. In a remarkable twist it also secretly collaborated with its former enemy, the Italian military intelligence service, and with the Italian navy, which used fast torpedo boats and rubber dinghies to land British agents on heavily defended beaches.

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David Stafford is the author of several books on intelligence history, including Endgame, 1945, Roosevelt and Churchill, and Ten Days to D-Day.

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"Offers readers a sound judgment of SOE's contribution to the liberation of Italy and a gripping account of Britain's secret war in Italy . . . Stafford vividly describes these missions with striking detail and telling quotes."  —BBC History Magazine

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