Between Silk and Cyanide: The Story of S.O.E.’s Code War (Leo Marks)

Between Silk and Cyanide: The Story of S.O.E.’s Code War (Leo Marks) soon to be presented for sale on the first-class BookLovers of Bath web site!

Published: London: HarperCollinsPublishers, 1998, Hardback in dust wrapper.

Contains: Black & white photographs; Appendices [2];

From the cover: The life that I have, Is all that I have, And the Life that I have Is yours is the famous poem written by Leo Marks and given to the agent Violette Szabo to use as her poem code. Marks was head of the code department of SOE during the Second World War and his tender and tormented memoir, Between Silk and Cyanide which has taken him more than eight years to write gives a unique picture of this extraordinary organization at work and discloses for the first time many truths about SOE and the conduct of the war.

SOE (Special Operations Executive) was created in July 1940 with a mandate from Churchill to set Europe Ablaze. Its main function was to infiltrate agents into enemy-occupied territory to perform acts of sabotage and form Secret Armies. Leo Marks joined SOE in 1942. He was twenty-two. A cryptographer of ge…

Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Pages lightly age-tanned, more heavily so at the margins.

Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 614 pages. Index. 9½” x 6¼”.

Of course, if you don’t like this one, may I fascinate you with a carefully selected medley featured in my Military History catalogue?


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