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


Extracts from a film called "Now It Can Be Told" produced by the RAF Film Production Unit for the British Government in 1946 about the work of British agents during the war.

Catalogue ref: IWM RMY 78
Courtesy of the Imperial War Museum, London.

Male agent: They had their own ideas about getting us fit. No smart drill movements or parade ground stuff. They wanted us to look like ordinary unhealthy civilians and yet be able to take a commando battle course in our stride! They seemed to take a delight in making us climb up things and then jump down or slide down!

Female agent: We were taught all about firearms, British and foreign.

Male agent: And how to use them in any emergency.

Female agent: We went on a thirty-mile walk across country with only a map and compass to guide us.