• History

    The SOE, Churchill’s Devious Scheme

    To understand how clever and inhumane was the Special Operations Executive (SOE), one has to flip back the calendar to the Franco-Prussian war of 1870-71. The surprising defeat of the French army at Sedan and capture of Napoleon III Sept. 2, 1870 resulted in shock and consternation in the rest of France. Members of shooting clubs vowed to continue the war by other means. In this they were aided by the Chassepot rifle, a breach loading weapon with an effective range of 1,500 metres (4,900 feet). This allowed them to snipe at German columns from a considerable distance. The response of the German army was ferocious. They summarily executed captured…