Brighton's Secret Agents

The Brighton & Hove Contribution to Britain’s WW2 Special Operations' Executive

Paul McCue

Brighton's Secret Agents

Paul McCue

Distributed for Uniform Press

168 pages | 150 photographs | 6 3/4 x 9 1/4
Paper $22.95 ISBN: 9781910500750 Published August 2017 For Sale in USA and Canada Only
During World War II, Winston Churchill authorized the creation of a new wartime secret service called the Special Operations Executive, whose order was to “set Europe ablaze.” In Brighton’s Secret Agents, Paul McCue tells a true story of heroism in extraordinary times, with a focus on four fantastic agents: Lieutenant Jacqueline Nearne, Captain Michael Trotobas, Captain Edward Zeff, and Captain Ronald Taylor.
 
In this book, McCue details the organization’s creation and postwar demise, its training methods, and the missions of the four chief subjects. He also covers three other agents, including a special duties RAF pilot who was the inspiration for Q from the James Bond stories.  As McCue shows, some agents enjoyed great success, while others were doomed to failure and death, but all displayed the volunteer spirit and courage that saw Britain through the darkest days of the war. Their stories, largely little known, are here finally told.
 
Contents
Introduction
Notes to the Text
Part 1- The Special Operations Executive (SOE)
Chapter 1 The Birth of SOE
Chapter 2 Operations In France
Chapter 3 Training And Despatch
Part 2- The SOE Agents Born In Brighton
Chapter 4 Lieutenant Jacqueline NEarne – MBE Croix de Guerre
French Section
Chapter 5 Captain Ronald Taylor
Italian Section (No. 1 Special Force)
Chapter 6 Captain Michael Trotobas
French Section
Chapter 7 Captain Edward Zeff- MBE Croix de Guerre
French Section
Part 3- They Also Served
Chapter 8 Lieutenant Roland Alexandre
French Section
Chapter 9 Lieutenant Frank Bec- Légion d’honneur
French Section
Chapter 10 Lieutenant Marcus Bloom
French Section
Chapter 11 Charles Fraser-Smith
Ministry Of Supply
Chapter 12 Flight Lieutenant Stephen Hankey
161 (Special Duties) Squadron, Royal Air Force
Part 4- Post-War
Chapter 13 The Cost
 
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