We are pleased to recommend a fascinating new book involving the SOE in Greece: The Extraordinary Life of Mike Cumberlege SOE by Robin Knight. This is the first ever biography about Lt Cdr Mike Cumberlege DSO & Bar, Greek Medal of Honour, who was murdered in Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp some time between February – March 1945. Mike Cumberlege served on the staff of General de Gaulle in London and in a number of undercover roles in Crete and Greece, before being captured during a second attempt to block the Corinth Canal in 1943. Robin Knight has gathered together unique material from Cumberlege’s family and others, to tell the story of Cumberlege’s life. Containing a good selection of photographs, our own archivist Noah Scott is credited with a contribution, along with many others. 163 pages. Hardback published by Fonthill Media LLC.
We have added a new section on ‘SOE in Greece’ to our website. Drawing from a range of sources (which we reference), we have put together a few pages describing the exploits and endeavours of SOE agents who were active in Greece during the Second World War.
Alan Ogden’s book “Sons of Odysseus – SOE Heroes in Greece” published in 2012 by Bene Factum Publishing Limited is the best book to date on the SOE in Greece. Ogden describes the history of SOE in Greece as “controversial and convoluted” and he notes that no official history exists. We hope you enjoy reading about these extraordinary – and invariably maverick – individuals.
John Rose, a long standing member of the Brotherhood, sadly passed away aged 95 on Tuesday, 4th July. His funeral took place in Crawley last week. If you knew John and wish to contribute in some way, donations are being made to St Catherine’s Hospice, Crawley, via Martins Funeral Directors, 38-40 Broadfield Place, Crawley RH11 9BA. To read his story please click on this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/ww2peopleswar/stories/00/a5676500.shtml