SOE/OSS Czech Mission 44-45 History Today Article

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  1. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    The S.O.E. and the Failure of the Slovak National Uprising

    By Martin D. Brown | Published in History Today Volume: 54 Issue: 12
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    Martin D. Brown tells the little-known story of how British and American soldiers disappeared in Slovakia’s Tatra Mountains during the remarkable episode of Slovakia’s National Uprising against its Nazi-supporting government during the Second World War.

    On January 21st, 1945, a lone long-range fighter aircraft was dispatched from an Allied airfield in southern Italy, with orders to fly north eastwards over Occupied Europe towards the mountains of central Slovakia. Its mission was to re-establish contact with a party of British and American soldiers in the region who had not been heard from since before Christmas. These men were drawn from the ranks of two secret organisations, the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) and the American Office of Strategic Services (OSS), and had taken part in the Slovak National Uprising that had begun in August 1944. Once the revolt collapsed in late October, after being overwhelmed by Axis forces, these men had withdrawn into the Tatra mountains with the remnants of the Slovakian army.
    Unfortunately the SOE/OSS mission was unsuccessful, and the aircraft returned to base without having located the soldiers. Four days later, German radio announced that eighteen Allied ‘spies’ had been executed in Mauthausen concentration camp. It was only after further investigation that SOE, several months later, discovered that these victims had indeed included some of its missing men.

    The full article is in the current issue of History Today
  2. Jedburgh22

    Jedburgh22 Very Senior Member

    Whoops that was from a back issue - apologies folks

  3. eelkes

    eelkes Junior Member

    Back issue or not, this post brought me to this site.

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