By Sarah Helm
In the course of international struggle the unique Operation Executive's French part despatched greater than four hundred brokers into Occupied France -- at the very least a hundred by no means back and have been suggested 'Missing Believed Dead' after the battle. Twelve of those have been girls who died in German focus camps -- a few have been tortured, a few have been shot, and a few died within the fuel chambers. Vera Atkins had helped arrange those ladies for his or her missions, and whilst the struggle was once over she went out to Germany to determine what occurred to them and the opposite brokers misplaced in the back of enemy lines.
But whereas the lady who conducted this remarkable undertaking seemed quintessentially English, she was once not anything of the kind. Vera Atkins, who by no means married, coated her existence in secret in order that even her closest family members knew nearly not anything of her earlier. In A lifestyles IN secrets and techniques Sarah Helm has stripped away Vera's many veils and -- with unparalleled entry to professional and personal papers, and the cooperation of Vera's kin -- vividly reconstructed a unprecedented existence.
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Flash: the commander of Soviet forces in the Balkans was toasting the coming fall 18 T I M W E I N E R of Istanbul. Flash: Stalin was prepared to invade Turkey, encircle the Black Sea, and take the Mediterranean and the Middle East. The Pentagon determined that the best way to blunt a Soviet advance was to cut the Red Army’s supply lines in Romania. Senior staff members under the Joint Chiefs started drawing up battle plans. They told Vandenberg to prepare the ﬁrst covert operation of the cold war.
From Moscow, Walter Bedell Smith sent his assessment that British troops were the only force keeping Greece from falling into the Soviet orbit. At home, the red scare was rising. For the ﬁrst time since before the Great Depression, the Republicans now controlled both houses of Congress, with men like Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin and Congressman Richard Nixon of California gaining power. Truman’s popularity was plunging; his approval rating in public opinion polls had fallen 50 points since the end of the war.
His deputy, Stephen Penrose, who had run the Middle East division of the OSS, resigned in frustration. ” Nevertheless, on December 14, 1947, the National Security Council issued its ﬁrst top secret orders to the CIA. ” With this martial drum roll, the CIA set out to beat the Reds in the Italian elections, set for April 1948. The CIA told the White House that Italy could become a totalitarian police state. If the communists won at the ballot box, they would seize “the most ancient seat of Western Culture.
A Life In Secrets: Vera Atkins and the Lost Agents of SOE by Sarah Helm