File Title Evacuation of Escapees
Reference FO 1093/265
Date 6 January 1943 - 24 November 1943
Government Department Foreign Office
File Accession Date 23 May 2013
Notes A number of documents within this file have been retained under Section 3(4) of the Public Records Act, 1958.


A file of reports, memoranda, and correspondence concerning the evacuation of escaped allied servicemen via Spain and Portugal. The documents include monthly reports of the numbers of prisoners of war escaping from various European countries, including France and Switzerland; a proposal that the Special Operations Executive (SOE) assist in this work, which was refused on the grounds that it posed too great a risk to SOE operations; discussions of arrangements for the Spanish authorities to treat escaped Polish servicemen as British, to ease their transit; a report of the arrest of an important member of the escape organisation in France.

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