It was life or death.
A single slip could lead to arrest, torture, execution. The wrong ration book. A hasty answer to a suspicious question. Trusting the wrong person.
The men and women who served as agents of the World War 2 Special Operations Executive were courageous. But courage was not enough. They also needed to learn the caution and suspicion that might just keep them alive, undercover in enemy territory.
Guardians of Churchill’s Secret Army tells the inspiring stories of the extraordinary men who taught them those skills and thought processes. Their job was to stand alongside trainee agents and teach them how to seem innocuous while preparing resistance, subversion and sabotage.
These men were junior in rank, but far from ordinary people. They were Australian, Anglo-French, Canadian, Scandinavian, East European and British. They had been schoolteachers, journalists, artists, ship brokers, racehorse trainers and international businessmen. Each spoke several languages. Many became agents themselves and displayed great bravery. All played a crucial role in the global effort to undermine the enemy.
We find them not only in the Baker Street Headquarters of SOE, but also in night parachute drops, in paramilitary training in the remotest depths of Scotland and in undercover agent training in isolated English country houses. We follow them to occupied France, to Malaya and Thailand under threat of Japanese invasion, to Italy and Germany as they play their part in the collapse of the Axis regimes.
Targeted Age Group: Adult
Genre: Action & Adventure
What was your inspiration for this book?
My wife's research for her book 'The Bride's Trunk' unearthed a gap in World War 2 history that I decided to fill. As my own research progressed, I found myself writing the fascinating stories of the men who worked to keep SOE secure.
Why did you decide to produce an audiobook?
I have enjoyed audiobooks for years and decided that 'Guardians' was not complete without an audio edition.
How did you choose the reader for the book and the production company?
Although I am not a professional actor, I decided that narrating and producing the audiobook myself would add authenticity. It's my book and I wanted to do it myself.
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