Special Operations in Norway: SOE and Resistance in World War II

Special Operations in Norway: SOE and Resistance in World War II

by Ian Herrington


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Between 1940 and 1945, Britain's Special Operations Executive (SOE) carried out sabotage and organised resistance across occupied Europe. Over 5 years, SOE sent over 500 agents into Norway to carry out a range of operations from sabotage and assassination to attempts to organise an underground guerrilla army.

This book is the first multi-archival, international academic analysis of SOE's policy and operations in Norway and the influences that shaped them, challenging previous interpretations of the relationship between this organisation and both the Norwegian authorities and the Milorg resistance movement.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781350192645
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 01/28/2021
Pages: 392
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.81(d)

About the Author

Ian Herrington is a retired higher education professional who worked latterly at Hertfordshire University. This book is based on his PhD from De Montfort University.

Table of Contents




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1.The Formation of SOE and its Scandinavian Section: A New Strategic Tool and a Nordic Opportunity

2.SOE’s Policy in Norway 1940-1945: The Combination of Short and Long-Term Aims

3.SOE and the Norwegian Government and its Military Authorities 1940-1945: Control through Collaboration

4.SOE and the Military Resistance in Norway 1940-1945: Direction, Separation and finally Partnership

5.SOE and the other New Organisations Operating in Norway 1940-1945: A Military Alliance

6. SOE and the Regular Armed Forces Operating in Norway 1940-1945: an Unexpected Partnership

7. SOE Operations in Norway 1940-1944: The Combination of Sabotage and the Organisation of a Clandestine Army

8.SOE and the Liberation of Norway 1944-1945: Operations in the Shadow of Overlord


Appendix A: SOE Coup de Main Ops in Norway 1940-44: pp.257-261
Appendix B: Sea-Borne Operations Instigated by or Involving SOE along the Norwegian Seaboard 1940-1945

AppendixC: SOE Long-Term and Miscellaneous Operations in Norway 1940-1945


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