File Title Hanbury Williams Report on the Special Operations Executive (SOE)
Reference CAB 301/51
Date 18 June 1942 - 2 July 1942
Government Department Cabinet Office
File Accession Date 23 May 2013


A file containing the Hanbury Williams report on the Special Operations Executive (SOE), produced during the Second World War. The report describes the organisation of SOE and its scope of activities; the need for reorganisation, and the difficulty of doing so, especially in SOE subsections abroad; the difficulty of recruiting high-quality personnel; the perceptions of SOE’s usefulness amongst other departments of the government; the value of SOE’s work to the war effort; SOE’s role overseas, and relations with Allied countries; communications problems; the financing of SOE; the equipment used by the organisation; and the number of personnel employed in the various branches.

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