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Behind enemy lines : Gender, passing and the Special Operations Executive in the Second World War

Pattinson, J.S. (2007) Behind enemy lines : Gender, passing and the Special Operations Executive in the Second World War. Manchester University Press. ISBN 0719075696

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Abstract

Behind enemy lines is an examination of gender relations in wartime using the Special Operations Executive as a case study. Drawing on personal testimonies, in particular oral history and autobiography, as well as official records and film, it explores the extraordinary experiences of male and female agents who were recruited and trained by a British organisation and infiltrated into Nazi-Occupied France to encourage sabotage and subversion during the Second World War. With its original interpretation of a wealth of primary sources, it examines how these ordinary, law-abiding civilians were transformed into para-military secret agents, equipped with silent killing techniques and trained in unarmed combat. This fascinating, timely and engaging book is concerned with the ways in which the SOE veterans reconstruct their wartime experiences of recruitment, training, clandestine work and for some, their captivity, focusing specifically upon the significance of gender and their attempts to pass as French civilians. This examination of the agents of an officially-sponsored insurgent organisation makes a major contribution to British socio-cultural history, war studies and gender studies and will appeal to both the general reader, as well as to those in the academic community.

Item type: Book
ID code: 8888
Notes: This has been re-released in paperback. ISBN: 9780719085093 on the 1st March 2011.
Keywords: World War II, second world war, British history, Special Operations Executive , History
Subjects: History General and Old World
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Humanities > History
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Depositing user: Strathprints Administrator
Date Deposited: 28 Jun 2011 15:09
Last modified: 07 Dec 2013 10:02
URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/8888

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