SOE's Mastermind

The Authorised Biography of Major General Sir Colin Gubbins KCMG, DSO, MC

Brian Lett

* The first full and authorised biography of the legendary spymaster.

* Gubbins was crucial to all SOE activities.

* Full insight into SOE's triumphs and disasters.

* Women played a full and active frontline role in SOE operations

* Written by experienced and published author.
Date Published :
December 2020
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
16 pages of black and white plates
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526796493
Pages : 288
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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For those with even a passing interest in the Second World War, the name Colin Gubbins is synonymous with the Special Operations Executive (SOE). This is not surprising as from its creation in late 1940 at Prime Minister Winston Churchill's command to set Europe ablaze, Gubbins was the driving force behind SOE. Over the next four years as, first, Operations and Training Director (codename M) and, from 1943, its Commander (CD) he masterminded every aspect of its worldwide covert operations.

Remarkably this is the first full biography of the man whose contribution to victory ranks in the premier league. The Authors research and access to family archives reveal the experiences in The Great War and later in Russia, Ireland, Poland and as Head of British Resistance that made Gubbins such a pivotal and influential wartime figure.

The result is a fascinating biography that reveals as much about SOEs extraordinary activities as it does about the man who inspired and commanded them.

About The Author

Brian Lett is an author of World War Two history, who has seven books currently in print. He has lectured extensively upon irregular warfare in World War II, including to the British Army. He is a recently retired Queen's Counsel who practised at the Bar of England and Wales for forty-seven years.


"Lett's volume on Gubbins clearly benefits from the approval of the Gubbin's family, and is written in a more traditional style than some modern biographies."

- Friends of the National Army Museum

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