By Bernd Horn
An exam of the specific Operations govt (SOE), its accomplishments, and the Canadian connection to the organization.
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At one point, SOE supported partisans were told to issue “passes” to Italian troops that would provide safe conduct. ” In the end, it was a question of Clausewitzian realpolitik. The SOE was tasked with achieving results, any way possible. And, they were determined to succeed. As one SOE memorandum made clear: Brutal and cynical as these postulates may seem, it is doubtful whether, except in the case of Poland, any wide spread popular support of our movements can be expected, for by doing nothing it is obvious that the conquered countries would extract the utmost benefit of the situation.
Where minutes earlier there was only the loud drone of engines, now Lieutenant Gabriel found himself in a tranquil solitude with only the soft wind whistling through the risers of his parachute breaking the silence. Down below, although bathed in darkness, Gabriel could make out the red glow of the bonfires. Unfortunately, they were somewhat distant. Gabriel realized immediately that the signal to jump had been too early; he would drop outside the DZ. Nonetheless, he figured his colleagues should make the DZ, or at least be right on its edge.
As a result, broadcasting stations, or Research Units (RU) as they were called, with content aimed specifically to shape audiences in Germany, Italy, and occupied Europe began to broadcast starting in November 1940. “We want to spread disruptive and disturbing news among the Germans which will induce them to distrust their government and disobey,” Sefton Delmer, the head of SO 1 revealed. He clarified, “Not so much from high-minded political motives as from ordinary human weakness…. ” Despite the importance of SO 1, or perhaps because it, on August 27, 1941, the continuing rivalry and struggle between the Ministry of Economic Warfare (responsible for SO 1) and the Ministry of Information over their relative responsibilities for propaganda and the dissemination of information resulted in the merging of SO 1 with the Ministry of Information, as well as the propaganda wing of the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).