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Colin Gubbins (1896-1976)Download nowEnlargeShow similar images

Title: Colin Gubbins (1896-1976)

Description: Colin Gubbins (Sir Colin McVean Gubbins; July 2, 1896-February 11, 1976), shown in 1944, British major-general, who was instrumental in creating Special Operations Executive (SOE; AKA: The Baker Street Irregulars), a British intelligence service that conducted espionage and sabotage in enemy-occupied countries, particularly France, during WWII. SOE was officially established on July 22, 1940 by British Prime Minister (1940-1945; 1951-1955) Winston Churchill (Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill; November 30, 1874-January 24, 1965) and British Minister of Economic Warfare (1940-1942) Hugh Dalton (Edward Hugh John Neale Dalton; Baron Dalton; August 16, 1887-February 13, 1962). Churchill, who been advised by Gubbins and others to create this organization, ordered this service "to set Europe ablaze." SOE was also called "Churchill's Secret Army." More than 13,000 persons, including about 3,200 women, were employed by SOE, which also supported more than 1 million operatives worldwide. SOE conducted espionage, collecting all types of information on the enemy, as well as conducted guerrilla warfare, including acts of sabotage--blowing up war plants and vital structures. Many of its secret agents proved to be great heroes, some of them receiving the Victoria Cross for their valor. Gubbins became the director of SOE in 1943 and began working more closely with his U.S. counterpart, OSS (Office of Strategic Services). The extensive and effective covert operations of SOE and OSS during WWII most certainly aided Allied military commanders in winning the war and bringing that war to an earlier conclusion.

Category: Intelligence

Keywords: Colin Gubbins, Winston Churchill, Hugh Dalton, Special Operations, SOE, Baker Street Irregulars, British Intelligence, spies, spying, spymasters, spy networks, spy organizations, guerrilla warfare, sabotage, espionage, OSS, Office of Strategic Services, Great Britain, United Kingdom, England, U.S., United States, Victoria Cross, France

Orientation: Portrait

Dimensions: 975 x 1179 (1.15 MPixels) (1.21)

Print Size: 8.3 x 10.0 cm; 3.3 x 3.9 inches

File Size: 3.32 MB (3,482,776 Bytes)

Resolution: 300 x 300 dpi

Color Depth: 16.7 million (24 BitsPerPixel)

Compression: None

Image Number: 0000004471

Source: Jay Robert Nash Collection

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