Canadians Behind Enemy Lines, 1939-1945
During the Second World War, Canadians found themselves behind enemy lines in Europe and Asia. Not all were ill-fated airmen, shot down in the fury of battle. Some were there by design, as volunteers who risked their lives in extremely hazardous assignments.
Almost one hundred Canadians served the Allied forces by passing as locals in occupied countries. At the behest of two British secret services, these men made language and custom their costumes and wove themselves into the social fabric of France, Italy, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Burma, Malaya, and Sarawak. They risked their lives assisting resistance groups in sabotage and ambush missions or in smuggling Allied airmen out of occupied territories. Quiet heroes of the war, these bold Canadians helped to make the brutal and unrelenting warfare of the underground a potent weapon in the Allied arsenal.
Out of print for more than two decades, this bestselling book recognizes the unique contribution of these individuals to the underground war effort. It is also a study of unstinting personal courage in the face of overwhelming odds.
A rattling adventure yarn.
Documents yet another stage in Canada’s reluctant coming of age.
This softbound tome provides an insight on an often overlooked areas of World War II history. It has intrigue, danger, suspense, and a bit of humor. Anyone wishing to learn more of the behind the scenes stories of World War II will find it interesting.
An intensely interesting account of an unusual and little-known aspect of Canada’s fighting men overseas.
Preface to the 2004 Edition
Preface to the 1981 Edition
Part One: Two Clandestine Organizations
1 The Beginnings
2 Recruitment of Canadians
Part Two: Special Operations Executive
3 The First Canadian Agents into France
5 Playing the Radio Game
6 The Executions
8 The Triumph of the Aged and Redundant
10 Assignments from Algiers
12 The Balkans and Italy
16 Malaya Part Three: M.I.9
17 Escape and Evasion
18 Dieppe and Beyond
19 The Cross-Channel Ferry
20 The Mediterranean and Asia
Appendix: Frogmen in Burma
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