Behind Enemy Lines: Gender, Passing and the Special Operations Executive in the Second World War

TitleBehind Enemy Lines: Gender, Passing and the Special Operations Executive in the Second World War
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsPattinson, Juliette
Number of Pages236
PublisherManchester University Press
CityManchester
Abstract

This volume 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 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.

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