SOE in Crete: An Alternative Model of 'Special Operations?'

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While most histories of SOE tend to emphasize the importance of sabotage and subversion in meeting Churchill’s injunction to ‘set Europe ablaze’, this article argues for a wider understanding of the functions of SOE by focusing on its operations in Crete. With a particular emphasis on the role and influence of Tom Dunbabin, the article shows that SOE in Crete took on a much broader range of functions than commonly understood. They extended into the realm of politics and diplomacy in pursuit of the larger aim of discouraging rather than promoting the use of violence in preparation of a peaceful transition to a post-war order.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)839-853
Number of pages15
JournalIntelligence and National Security
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 19 Sept 2018


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