The foundation of SOE
Chamberlain’s paper of 19 July, advocating the formation of a special organisation for organising sabotage and insurrection, is approved by the Cabinet. This paper is, in effect, the charter that brings the Special Operations Executive (SOE) into existence.
Richmond Terrace, London
The Chiefs of Staff issue their paper ‘Subversive Activities in Relation to Strategy’. As is stated in the preamble, its purpose is to guide the Special Operations Executive ‘as to the direction in which subversive activities can best assist our strategy’.
TNA AIR 20/7954