What was the role of Special Operations Executive and what kind of people worked for it?

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Extract from the records of the Special Operations Executive setting out some of their aims

Catalogue ref: HS 7/55

Opening Address
3rd September 1943
OBJECTS AND METHODS OF IRREGULAR WARFARE

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Sporadic risings are useless. Necessity to co-ordinate where possible has produced tabulation [setting out clearly] of United Nations' [Britain, USA and their allies] fundamental objectives in the waging of Irregular Warfare:

  • Politically.
    • To undermine enemy's morale and that of his collaborators.
    • To raise morale of Occupied Territories.
  • Economically.
    • To damage enemy's material.
    • To improve and augment our own material.
      E.g. By infiltration of weapons, explosives, sabotage equipment.
  • Strategically.
    • To damage enemy's manpower and communications.
    • To improve our own manpower and communications.
      E.g. By infiltration of organisers, radio sets and operators, etc.