McNabb R O’B

NAME McNabb OBE Richard O’Brien
RANK IN GREECE

Captain

ON DEMOB

Major, OBE

SERIAL NUMBER SERVICE

106080

PRISONER

N/A

UNIT IN GREECE

SOE, MI9

ACTIVE

 

IN GREECE

March 1941 – Feb 1942

METHOD OF DEPARTURE

 

Organised resistance groups in Taygetos Mts consisting of Allied troops evading capture post-Kalamata, plus local partisans.

Captured by Italians (possibly June ’42) & sent to Campo after some time in jail. .

POW CAMPS

 

IN GREECE

Averoff Military Prison, Athens

IN OCCUPIED EUROPE

Italy, Campo unknown; then to Germany after Italian capitulation

NOTES

Possibly originally NZ Engineers. Was working for Ministry of Economic Warfare in Roumania in early 1940. Transferred to MI9 in Istanbul (Oct ’40) & Athens (March ’41).

Subject of several Official Reports & investigations. In the months following the Allied withdrawal, his effective resistance activities (using evading troops) against the occupying Italian forces brought reprisals against the local Greek population. It also made the successful escape and evasion of the remaining Allied troops somewhat more difficult. His presence was therefore considered a bit of a mixed blessing by some!

His financial dealings with local supportive Greeks on behalf of HM Gov were also called into question.

See the various accompanying reports.

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