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Special Operations Executive

Monday, 25 November 1940

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

Monday, 22 July 1940

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.