BMMHS Evening Meeting: SOE in Burma
SOE in Burma
Speaker: Dr Richard Duckett
Wednesday 9th February 2022; 7:30pm
BMMHS Meeting Venue
Woodcote Village Hall, Reading Road, Woodcote, RG8 0QY
SOE in Burma
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In the mountains and jungles of occupied Burma, British special forces launched a series of secret operations, assisted by parts of the local Burmese population.
The men of the Special Operations Executive (SOE) – trained in sabotage and guerrilla warfare – worked deep behind enemy lines, starved of resources, to frustrate the puppet Burmese government of Ba Maw and continue the fight against Hirohito’s Japan.
Using recently declassified documents, Richard Duckett will reveal the extent of British special forces’ involvement in this theatre of the Second World War. This will include how Operation Character and Operation Billet, launched in support of General Slim’s Fourteenth Army, were some of the most important missions undertaken by members of the SOE.
Further details may be found on on Richard’s website www.soeinburma.com
About the speaker - Dr Richard Duckett
Dr Richard Duckett teaches at Leighton Park School. His research has primarily focused on the Burma Campaign.
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