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Count Edward Raczyński

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(1891–1993), Polish ambassador in London from 1934 to 1945 who also served as minister of foreign affairs in Sikorski's government-in-exile. He signed the Anglo-Polish Treaty in August 1939...

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Charles Rosenthal

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(12 February 1875–11 May 1954). The son of Scandinavian migrants, Rosenthal joined the Geelong Battery of the Victorian Militia Garrison Artillery in 1892 while articled to an architect....

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John Cronyn Tovey

Overview page. Subjects: Second World War.

(1885–1971), British naval officer who, as second-in-command of Cunningham's Mediterranean Fleet, fought in early skirmishes with the Italian Navy. In October 1940 he was appointed C-in-C...

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Sir Arthur Murray Longmore

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(1885–1970), Australian-born RAF officer who became C-in-C Training Command in 1939 and helped initiate the successful British Empire Air Training Scheme. He then served as C-in-C Middle...

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General Sir Miles Dempsey

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(1896–1969), British Army officer who was a staunch supporter of Montgomery and one of his ablest commanders. He commanded the 13th Infantry Brigade, which took part in the counter-attack...

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Noor Inayat Khan

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(1914–44), SOE operative who, under the codename MADELEINE, worked for the organization's CINÉMA network in Paris from mid-1943. Half-Indian, half-American, she was born in the Kremlin and...

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Sir Brian Gwynne Horrocks

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(1895–1985), British Army officer who served as a battalion commander in Montgomery's 3rd Division during the fighting which led to the fall of France in June 1940. He went on to become a...

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Hastings Lionel Ismay

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(1887–1965), British Army officer who served as Churchill's chief of staff in his capacity as minister of defence. He handled the relationship between Churchill and the British Chiefs of...

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Herbert Charles Onslow Plumer

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(1857–1922). With his red face and white walrus moustache, Plumer might have been the inspiration for the cartoonist Low's Colonel Blimp. Appearances were deceptive, for Plumer was an...

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Sir Richard Loudon McCreery

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(1898–1967), British Army officer who was Alexander's chief of staff during the Western Desert campaigns when Alexander was appointed C-in-C Middle East in August 1942. Alexander thought...

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Sir Charles Edward Callwell

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(1859–1928), Anglo-Irish military writer and thinker, intelligence officer and talented linguist, author of Small Wars (1896) and Military Operations and Maritime Preponderance (1905)....

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Frederick ‘Boy’ Browning

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(1896–1965), British Army officer who pioneered the employment of British airborne forces and oversaw their use in the Bruneval raid and during the North African and Sicilian campaigns....

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Maurice James Buckmaster

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(1902–92), public relations expert, intelligence officer with the British Expeditionary Force in France, 1939–40, and on the Dakar expedition, head of SOE's F (independent French) section,...

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Gen Sir Samuel Browne

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(1824–1901), inventor of the cross-belt that bears his name (Sam Browne). Born in India, he entered the army at 16 and spent most of his life campaigning there, commanding Bengal Cavalry....

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Juan Pujol

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(1912–88), Spanish-born British double agent codenamed GARBO—because the British considered him the best actor in the world—and ARABEL by the Germans.

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Rivers, Mendel

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(1905–1970), South Carolina congressman and House Armed Services Committee chairman. Rivers, raised in poverty, was a lawyer with the U.S. Justice Department during the depression. In 1940,...

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Sir William Robert Robertson

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(1860–1933). ‘Wully’ Robertson's career was a classic rags-to-riches story. He enlisted as a private in the 16th Lancers in 1877, gained a commission, and was the first ranker to pass...

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Sir William Stephenson

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(1896–1989), Canadian-born First World War fighter ace and pugilist who in August 1940 formed British Security Co-ordination. His influence was wide and varied, and his role, especially...

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Wing Commander (Forest F.) Edward Yeo-Thomas

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(1902–64), English-born, but French-educated, member of SOE one of whose codenames was WHITE RABBIT. He joined the RAF in 1939 before moving to SOE in February 1942 where his sledgehammer...

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Cyril Louis Norton Newall

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(1886–1963), British airman who, as an air chief marshal, served from 1937 to September 1940, as chief of the Air Staff and on the Chiefs of Staff committee. He supported the government's...

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